America’s Packard Museum is the world’s only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum, and only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, its products, and philosophies. Located in the heart of Downtown Dayton, The Packard Motor Car Company comes to life again in America’s Packard Museum! The Museum was founded in 1992 by Dayton attorney and long-time car collector Bob Signom. Located in the original Packard Dealership Building which was built in 1917, Signom brought The Citizens Motorcar Company “back to life,” as the only restored Packard dealership operating as a museum. The Museum has officially taken the name of the original dealership, The Citizens Motorcar Company, but has become known as America’s Packard Museum. The Museum is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The Museum features over 50 automobiles on display in the restored Art Deco showroom, service department, and pavillion. In addition, significant artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company are on exhibit. The Museum has become a popular destination for travelers and residents alike. In 1993, the Museum was acknowledged by the Montgomery County Historical Society with its Annual Award for restoration of a commercial building. The Museum’s neighborhood has been named Dayton’s Motorcar District. The January 1998 edition of Car Collector Magazine named the Museum one of the Top Ten Museums in The United States. In 2004, the Society of Automotive Historians conferred the prestigious James J. Bradley Award upon the Museum for its exemplary efforts in preserving motor vehicle resource materials. Only six other U.S. museums have received the Bradley Award! America’s Packard Museum has supplied Packards for Hollywood movies, such as the 2008 film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
In 1993, Packard Automobile Classics (PAC, i.e., The Packard Club) relocated its headquarters from Oakland, California, to the Dayton Museum. In June 1996, the Wright Brothers Region of PAC, in Dayton, hosted the Packard National Meet, with multiple events at the Museum, which attracted more than 400 Packard enthusiasts from across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Today, the PAC office is located in Columbus, Ohio, and America’s Packard Museum is an Affiliate Organization of The Packard Club. This Dayton Original, voted among the top five banquet facilities in the area, provides a wonderful venue to host any function!