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Antique Car Museum

The Antique Car Museum found at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center

is that occasional attraction that is both free and captivating! Put-in-Bay is known to honor vintage cars and roadsters at the museum and at the annual Put-in-Bay Road races held each year.

Thanks to Charles “Skip” Duggan, there is a weekly Put-in-Bay Car Parade. All the cars on display at the Antique Car Museum belonged to Mr. Duggan.

The Antique Car Museum Particulars

The Antique Car Museum is Open seven days a week from May up to October and weekends the remainder of the year.

This museum is free, yes, actually free! While other Put-in-Bay attractions at Perry’s Cave do require tokens, car enthusiasts can view this impressive collection without spending a dime.

The oldest automobile on the island is on display as well as a rare Model T’, vintage snowmobiles, gasoline station memorabilia, and road signs.

This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with these stunning vehicles.

The Weekly Put-in-Bay Car Parade

Every Sunday since the 1990s, car fans have paraded through the roadways of South Bass Island. Island car owners assemble at the old Twine Shanty located on Langram Rd. and depart around 2:00 pm.

Tourists and locals gather on the downtown sidewalks to observe this spectacle. Children eagerly await the candy truck that tosses candy into the crowd.

After the parade, participants enjoy an after-parade party hosted by one of the local businesses or car owners.

We can all thank Skip Duggan for sharing his love of vintage cars with the whole island and the Antique Car Museum! Definitely an extraordinary Put-in-Bay tradition.


Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center

There’s no finer place to let loose and have fun than at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center! Behind the Antique Car Museum, Families, partners, and parties of friends flock to this complex for everything from mini golf to cave tours.

Packages are offered for their myriad of attractions as well as discounts for groups. Most individual tickets cost between $8 – $10, so if you intend on spending the day here, a combo package is a way to go. Of course, no ticket is required for Antique Car Museum!

Perry’s offers up fun with a healthy dose of education. Players compete with each other while learning about the battles of the War of 1812, in which Put-in-Bay played a key role. Just take the War of 18 Holes Mini Golf Course. This lovely course is landscaped with lush foliage and pretty flowers.

Gemstone Mining offers visitors first-hand knowledge of genuine gemstone mining. Buy a bag of rough mix and wash water over the sand to uncover actual fossils and gemstones. This is a peek into the unusual ecology of South Bass Island.

Speaking of unusual ecology, make sure to see Perry’s Cave. This beautiful and fascinating limestone cave is quite remarkable. General Perry uncovered this cage in 1813. Underground, he found a rare lake complete with fresh water. This was a fortuitous discovery, as his troops desperately needed this during the Battle of Lake Erie.

After visiting the Antique Car Museum, be sure to enjoy some of our local restaurants in the area, like the Goat Soup And Whisky, just a few blocks away. Another excellent option for a quick snack is Joes’ Bar & Grill or DanDees Snack Shack, located in the Perrys Cave Complex.

If it’s a clear sunny day, a Helicopter Tour or thrilling Biplane Rides can be enjoyed at the Put-in-Bay Airport nearby!

(419) 285-2405

979 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

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Freddy B.

This Antique Car Museum is great! I've heard about plans to show a video telling the stories of the cars in Skip's Antique Car Museum. I can't wait to see the videotape next season that will bring these automobiles to life! I've also heard that they all run except for the blue Chrysler. Are there any plans to offer rides from the motorcars in the museum?

Michael S.

Antique Car Museum is a really great place to visit. It's packed with a great collection of cars and trucks with a few other collections of signs, gas pumps, memorabilia, model cars, plus a few other unique items for your viewing pleasure. There is something for everyone to see and enjoy. This review cannot do adequate fairness.

Amanda L.

After passing this Antique Car Museum place on the way to the ferry for years, we finally chose to stop in. I'm glad we did. This is an exceptional "automotive" museum. They have extensive collections of various memorabilia from cars, boats, machines, etc. It is genuinely an excellent museum of items, and best of all it was free!

Larry O.

I've visited the put in bay antique car museum a few times. Still exciting and a good place to stretch your legs from driving around in a golf cart. Clean restrooms if you need them. The collection has been updated. So many cars and other items to see, so repeat visits do not get old.

Goeffry C.

The Antique Car Museum is an awesome place! So much history packed in there. Definitely coming back again to see what else they add on our next trip to Put-in-Bay.

Charles K.

The Antique Car Museum was very clean, plenty of space for Golf Cart parking, and was very organized.

Yolanda P.

The Antique Car Museum is a plethora of great cars. This is a must see if you are in Put-in-Bay! It's right off Catawba Avenue. The ladies are very knowledgeable about the museum, so just about any question can be answered! The vehicles are all operational, and they have a very good guy maintaining them. He keeps them shiny and clean!

Erich D.

A very unique place to go. The Antique Car Museum has more than just cars! But I just went for one reason. The cars!

George C.

Super interesting collection! The Antique Car Museum Cars are very well shown in pristine condition. Delightful trip to the past. antique car museum put in bay should not be missed!

Ally & Gordy B.

The Antique Car Museum was a fun and FREE attraction we stopped to visit. Lots of really cool old cars and many other things to do there while at that location.