Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum

Welcome to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum!

Join us for Crawford Cruise-Ins all summer long! Cruise-ins are held every other Thursday (June 30, July 14 and 28, August 11 and 25, Sept. 8, 15 and 29) from 4 to 8 p.m. We’ll have food vendors and beautiful cars and motorcycles inside and out, free parking and “carload” admission pricing. Just 20 bucks gets everyone in your car into the Crawford, where you can check out the new exhibits in our newly renovated Lower Gallery. Thanks to generous funding from the State of Ohio, the Lower Gallery has received aesthetic and infrastructure upgrades for the first time since the building was opened in 1965.

Cruise-in parking is limited to 120 cars in the main Cleveland History Center parking lot off of Magnolia Drive and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow parking is available in the circle driveway on East Boulevard in front of the museum, as well as on surrounding streets. Our cruise-ins are open to all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles, and spectators are welcome to attend. Please respect our neighbors: no burnouts or excessive engine revving.

Crawford Cruise-ins are rain or shine events; however, an event may be cancelled if the forecast is calling for severe weather. Follow us on Instagram @crawfordmuseum for last minute details.

 

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The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society depicts the automobile at various stages of development, both on a national and regional level. Its automobiles and artifacts are the centerpieces of the guest experience at the Cleveland History Center.

 

Few people know that Northeast Ohio was a crucial hub of development in the transportation industry. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection brings the history of transportation alive through the over 170 antique automobiles, 21 non-car transportation artifacts (motorcycles, bicycles, and boats), 12 aircraft, and 3 carriages and sleighs. The Collection is enhanced further by the WRHS Automotive Marque Files, which include automobile brochures, owner’s manuals, advertisements, and more. The Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection was initially formed in 1963, with the donation of Thompson Products Auto Album from Frederick C. Crawford and TRW.
For more on Frederick C. Crawford and his incredible generosity to the Western Reserve Historical Society, click here.


Preservation Methods with the Crawford Auto-Aviation Collection

Preservation does not mean restoration at the Crawford. We do not restore the vehicles, their components, or any other artifacts unless it is absolutely necessary. We preserve the vehicles and artifacts in their current condition by using accepted practices of the AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works). Once we have done a treatment to a vehicle or any other artifact it should look similar to what it did before the treatment, depending upon initial condition.