Owls Head, a small town located just a few miles south of Rockland, Maine, is home to the Owls Head Light and also to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, a collection of over 200 restored antique cars, planes, bicycles, carriages, and motorcycles. Some of these vehicles date to the early 1800's and all are operational. The displays are presented In a open and very spacious environment that resembles an airline hanger. The design lets you move around without feeling confined in tight spaces. The museum is very well lit, which is good for available light photos, but also creates glare issues from highly polished vehicles.
The Owls Head Transportation Museum was founded in 1974 and encompasses over 100,000 square feet for exhibitions. What makes the Owls Head museum so unique compared to other transportation museums is that all the vehicles on display really run. Many are used on exhibition days during the summer months.
There are motorcycles – many early Harley Davidsons.
The Duesenberg (nicknamed "Duesy") was an American luxury automobile built entirely by hand around 1913.
And who can resist the appeal of a Rolls Royce – or maybe two?.
If you thought the MG only came in small sizes, check out these MGs.
Some examples of working cars.
Some very colorful cars . . .
A favorite aircraft is the 1917 Fokker Dr. I Tri-plane. The same type of plane that Manfred Von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, flew in World War I. There’s also a full-scale replica of the Kitty Hawk, the flyer that the Wright Brothers flew for the first successful manned flight in North Carolina in 1903.
This was our second transportation museum stop in Maine after touring the Cole Transportation Museum in Bangor. Both museums are well worth the trip if you visit Maine. (And both offer free admission to those under 18 years old.)