Current Exhibitions

Mustang at 50: An American Icon

June 14-November 2, 2014

Introduced in 1964, the Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Mustang is an enduring icon of Americana, with one of the most widely recognized profiles in automotive history. This exhibition surveys all aspects of the Mustang phenomenon – from engineering and design to popular culture. Read more

 

RUSH: Photographs by Frank Whitney 

June 14-November 2, 2014

An exhibition of historic photographs documenting the actual events that inspired the movie “Rush,” which told the story of the rivalry between two Formula One racing drivers of that era -- the Englishman James Hunt and the Austrian Niki Lauda.

 

East of Detroit 

Ongoing

New York State was once home to over 100 different automobile manufacturers. While most New York automakers were small, there were great successes like the Pierce Arrow and the Franklin. This exhibit provides an in-depth look at the automobile industry in New York State and a look back in time at the innovations of different New Yorkers in their quest to create the automobile of their dreams. It also examines New York’s role in importing European-made cars and custom-coach building.

 

Racing in New York State 

Ongoing

The history of automobile racing in New York State goes back to 1896 when six cars competed in the state’s first auto race. The race covered the distance from New York City to Irvington-on-Hudson and back, averaging 10 miles per hour. Around the turn of the 20th century, New York served as one of the most popular starting or finishing points for cross-country endurance runs. Several of these were won by New York State cars, like the 1908 New York to Paris race, won by the Thomas Flyer built in Buffalo. Another major racing event during the early 20th century was the Vanderbilt Cup. Read more

 

The New York State Stock Car Hall of Fame 

Ongoing

Incorporated in 1969, the New York State Stock Car Association is dedicated to the betterment of the sport through education and continued support. NYSSCA annually inducts new members into its Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in January. The exhibit features photographs and racing memorabilia about the racers and stock car racing in New York. Read more

 

The Bottling Plant

Ongoing

In response to the Great Depression, the US Government initiated programs to revitalize the economy. Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his first year as governor of New York, pushed for the establishment of a state operated spa that celebrated the natural riches found in Saratoga water.