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Wells Auto Museum
Route 1, PO Box 196, Wells, Maine
Open Labor Day to Columbus Day, 10am-5pm
(207) 646-9064
 
Wells Auto We first visited the Wells Auto Museum while filming a video a few years back. It was one of those places you drive by and say Ė "Iíve got to go there someday!". But you forget. The building is an unassuming box, dropped below street level on the very busy Route 1 that stretches from Kittery north to Kennebunkport and beyond.

Turns out the antique car museum is one of those hidden tourist treasures. For just $5 visitors can wander endlessly among more than 80 classic old cars, crammed tightly into the unassuming space. Itís cars everywhere you look, the collection of the Gould family who started in 1946 with a Stanley Steamer (7.5 horsepower built in 1904), and havenít stopped yet. Thereís a Pierce Arrow, a Stutz Bearcat, Model T, runabouts from 1900, a 1908 Baker Electric with the original working Edison batteries, a Chrysler Town & Country, a sleek 1935 Lagonda, a tiny 1908 Renault, and names like Rolls Royce, Avanti, Maxwell, Stutz, Metz, Cadillac, plus all the standards.

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In addition to motorcycles, old auto signs, model cars, vintage bicycles, thereís two things we love best. The Wells Museum has a great collection of  nickelodeon machines that really work (for a dime or a quarter). You can see tame peep shows with early models in bathing suits or play some of the oldest arcade games ever. Old metal music boxes, forerunners of the juke box, lend the perfect sound effects, along with player pianos Ė including one automated violin playing machine.

This time we brought along our disposable camera to catch a few images of visitors Ė young and older Ė exploring this amazing collection. If you never stopped, now you must, car buff or not. Itís a gas! -- JDR

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Wells Auto Museum

Wells Auto Museum

Wells Auto Museum

Wells Auto Museum

Wells Auto Museum

Wells Auto Museum

Wells Auto Museum

All photos and text by J. Dennis Robinson
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