Waking up at the crack of dawn just to try to traverse a jam-packed shopping mall is old hat. Instead, this Black Friday, try something a lot more enjoyable: visit the Newport Car Museum. You’ll get to see more than 75 automobiles from the last 70 years, including Corvettes, Mopars and American muscle cars. To top it all off, AAA members receive a special $12 admission on Black Friday, a $6 discount off the regular adult ticket price.
“There’s nothing we love more than seeing families enjoying the Newport Car Museum experience,” said Gunther Buerman, who co-founded the Museum with his wife Maggie Buerman. “It appeals to all ages, and especially at Thanksgiving time, it’s something interesting and educational to do if you’re not into spending Black Friday shopping at a crowded mall.”
The Newport Car Museum opened in 2017 with 50 cars on exhibit. Just one year later, it had added 20 more. The immaculately kept vehicles are separated into six galleries throughout 70,000 square feet of exhibition space: Ford/Shelby, Corvettes, World Cars, Fin Cars, Mopars and American Muscle: Then & Now. The cars are displayed using low-rise platforms and turntables, theatrical lighting, specially commissioned large-format artwork and award-winning videos.
The vehicles of the Newport Car Museum date back to 1954, including a bright yellow Buick Skylark Convertible and jet black Kaiser Darrin 162. The most recent additions include a 2019 Corvette ZR-1 convertible and power-hungry Dodge Demon.
Instead of audio tours, docents are available to discuss the cars and their place in automotive history. You’ll be sure to hear some lively exchanges of information and recollections – and may even chat with the co-founders themselves.
Rounding out the museum’s offerings are eight driving simulators and a fascinating gift shop. Regular admission is $18 for adults; $15 for seniors, military and students; and $8 for children 5 to 15 (with an adult).