Seal Cove Auto Museum, Antique Autos and Motorcycles from the Brass Era, Mount Desert Island, Maine
2015 Events
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Saturday, January 24
6pm - 8pm
Night at the Museum Family Program Games and activities for the kiddos, and for the whole family to enjoy, during this special evening event! Visit the museum in the off-season, and get a sneak-peak at the new acquisition, a 1904 Searchmont Touring car, before the museum officially opens for the season in the spring.
Saturday, February 7
Speakeasy The Roaring Twenties comes to the Seal Cove Auto Museum! There will be 12-piece swing band, a specialty cocktail created just for this event, prohibition era beers, blackjack tables, and even a performance by a belly dancer. It’s sure to be the cat’s pajamas!
Thursday, March 5
7pm - 8pm
Lecture: Samuel Franklin Cody & British Aviation at the Dawn of Flight

Mr. Ethan Yankura will give a presentation about Samuel Franklin Cody, the first name in British aviation at the dawn of flight. Cody was a rough and tumble American cowboy who became a legend in British aviation. He was a man of many diverse talents, from designing man-lifting observation kites and lighter-than-air ships to involvement in musical theater.  This presentation will follow Cody's life from busting broncos, to the skies over England, to Cody's untimely death in 1913. Ethan Yankura is the Curator and Education Director at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, where he lends his knowledge of the individual pieces of the collection to the interpretation and formation of shows and exhibitions. 
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Tuesday, March 24
5:30pm - 7pm
Pushing the Limits: Women Driving for Change

Lecture at the Southwest Harbor Public Library The invention of the automobile transformed life as we know it for everyone, opening up new opportunities for travel and freedom. Women helped spearhead social changes by demanding more independence and adventure, and brought about important innovations in early automobiles. Seal Cove Auto Museum Executive Director Raney Bench will highlight a few women leaders in the development and marketing of the first automobiles.
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Saturday, April 4
10am - 2pm
Lego Day Come play with us! Kids of all ages are invited to come and be inspired by the unique collection of the earliest cars and motorcycles, and then create their own automobile inspiration with the museum's Lego® brand blocks.
Thursday, May 7
5:30pm - 7:30pm
History Happy Hour Atlantic Brewing Company, Bar Harobr, ME Members of the Seal Cove Auto Museum and MDI Historical Society and their guests are invited to Atlantic Brewing in Town Hill to mingle with friends, neighbors, and fellow beer enthusiasts and history buffs, to imbibe the local brew and learn about prohibition on Mount Desert Island. RSVP to or 244-9242. This is a members-only event; to become a member of the museum, please visit our membership page.
Sunday, May 10
10am - 3pm
Mother's Day at the Woodlawn Museum Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, ME Treat your mom to rides in an antique auto, and explore the gardens, public park, and Black House built in 1924, that are all a part of the 180-acre historic estate once home to three generations of the Black family.
Thursday, June 18
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day One of the vehicles in the museum's collection will be fired up and demonstrated, with information on the particular auto presented by the museum's curator or mechanic. Rides offered, weather permitting.
Sunday, June 21
10am - 4pm
Father's Day Celebration Tours and talks on cars and car collecting. Cool gifts for Dad in the Museum’s Gift Shop with 10% discount. Free admission for dads.
Thursday, July 16
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day: Wood-Gas Generator A special demonstration of a wood-gas generator by Stephen Abbadessa of Northern Self Reliance, LLC. Various demos, videos, and additional information will be presented by this mechanical engineer and alternative energy expert throughout the day about his biomass to fuel gas conversion system. Rides offered in other vehicles, weather permitting.
Saturday, July 18
10am - 4pm
Kids Day Take a spin in the Museum's Model T Ford Depot Hack. Games, toy car races, educational activities, model car displays, and photos in period clothing. Kids 12 and under get free admission, plus a grab bag with balloon, stickers, and more.
Sunday, August 2
3pm - 6pm
Rusticator Picnic Join us at the Seal Cove Auto Museum for a picnic inspired by the early 1900s rusticator tradition, among the museum's collection of elegant Brass Era autos. The event will include a fashion show of period clothing from the collection of Norma Spurling, and a raffle of unique antique auto experiences.

Thursday, August 20
12pm - 7pm
Demonstration Day: Cruise to the Quietside All are invited to cruise to the Seal Cove Auto Museum with their “Pride & Joy” automobile to have the opportunity to show it off. Whether it is an antique, classic, hot rod, motorcycle, or something else entirely that defies categorization, we want to see it and give your prized vehicle the chance to be seen. “Eat at Joe’s” Farm Fresh food service will be there with locally-sourced burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. Open to the public. Free admission to the museum after 4:00 p.m.
Friday, August 21
5pm - 8pm
Brass Cars & Brass Cameras Artist Albert Mach will display his collection of “Brass Era” cameras, including a number of large historic view cameras from around 1900, as well as a number of other cameras used at that time and earlier. Mr. Mach will also display his Fine Art GiClees of the brass era autos, many taken at the museum, and discuss his techniques and processes. Coffee, juice, and "Sheila's Gourmet Cookies" will be served.
Saturday, August 22
10am - 4pm
Electric Car Day Learn about the role of electric cars in the earliest days of car manufacturing, while exploring possibilities for electric cars in the future. Rides in the 1908 Rauch & Lang electric car will be offered.
Sunday, September 13
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day: The Pedal Car & Radio-Controlled Concourse Bring your pedal car to the museum and view the pedal cars belonging to the museum and others. Or, if radio-controlled vehicles are more your speed, bring your radio-controlled car, plane, or drone to the museum to demonstrate to other enthusiasts.
Friday, October 9
10am - 4pm
Steam Car Day Learn about the role of steam cars in the earliest days of car manufacturing, while exploring possibilities for steam cars in the future.
Thursday, October 15
10am - 3pm
Demonstration Day One of the vehicles in the museum's collection will be fired up and demonstrated, with information on the particular auto presented by the museum's curator or mechanic. Rides offered, weather permitting.
Monday - Saturday, October 26 - 31
10am - 4pm
Spooky Car Days A special “Spooky” exhibit of ghouls and goblins creeping around the unique collection of rare early cars and motorcyles. The week will open with a Haunted House on the evening of October 24; and throughout the week will include guided tours, tasty treats, terrifying trimmings, ghoulish games, grab-bags for kids in costume, and more. Free admission for kids under 12.


May 9, 2015 Touch-A-Truck Ellsworth, Maine
March 15, 2015 Amelia Island Concours Amelia Island, Florida
May 31, 2015 Greenwhich Concours Greenwhich, Connecticut
June 20, 2015 Vintage Motor Car Festival Klingberg, Connecticut
July 4, 2015 Independence Day Parade Bar Harbor, Maine
July 11, 2015 Flamingo Festival & Parade Southwest Harbor, Maine
July 26, 2015 Misselwood Concours Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts
August 8-9, 2015 Owls Head Air Show Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, Maine
August 12, 2015 Antique Show Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, Maine
August 15, 2015 Antique Auto Roundup Northeast Harbor, Maine
September 6, 2015 Wheels on the Waterfront Bangor, Maine
September 20, 2015 Boston Cup Boston, Massachusetts
September 26, 2015 Ellsworth Autumn Gold Car Show Ellsworth, Maine
October 6-11, 2015 Hershey AACA Meet Hershey, Pennsylvania
October 10, 2015 Oktoberfest Southwest Harbor, Maine
October 16, 2015 Edison Concours Edison, New Jersey