Portsmouth, RI – USA Today has named Newport Car Museum to America’s 10 Best New Attractions for 2017. The national newspaper announced its 10 Best on January 5 after a public poll determined the winners. Newport Car Museum was the only nominee from New England on an original list of 20 attractions selected by a panel of travel experts. It also was the only automobile museum.
“We’re so happy that we could create a museum of this quality in the area,” said Newport Car Museum Founder Gunther Buerman, noting that the museum opened last June in Portsmouth, R.I., and now – seven months and more than 15,000 visitors later – it has become a popular nationwide destination.
According to 10 Best, the top 10 winners in the category of Best New Attraction are as follows:
- Wonders of Wildlife – Springfield, Mo.
- Morgan’s Inspiration Island – San Antonio
- Elvis Presley’s Memphis – Memphis
- Museum of the Bible – Washington, D.C.
- Evel Knievel Museum – Topeka, Kan.
- Museum of the American Revolution – Philadelphia
- Newport Car Museum – Newport, R.I.
- Songbirds Guitar Museum – Chattanooga, Tenn.
- MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation – Santa Barbara, Calif.
- ARTECHOUSE – Washington, D.C.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of American travel.
“It’s designed to appeal to both men and women and multiple generations,” said Buerman of the museum, which artistically showcases a private collection of 60+ automobiles in a 115,000-square foot building formerly used a missile manufacturing facility. “Unlike other car museums, there are no velvet ropes around the cars; they are on platforms and you can get up close and personal with them. You also can relax on some iconic Mid-Century modern furniture and race any car on pretty much any race course in the world on one of our driving simulators.”
In each of five galleries (Ford/Shelby, Corvette, Fin Car, World Car and Mopar), a video relates the history of the models therein. Extremely rare in the Ford/Shelby Gallery are the iconic 1965 Ford Shelby 427 SC Cobra and 1965 GT350R. The Corvette Gallery features Corvettes from every generation, C1 through C7. The World Car Gallery features exquisite Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes Benz, BMWs and Acura NSXs, while the Fin Car Gallery offers a walk down memory lane for those who remember such classics as the 1954 Buick Skylark, the ‘59 Cadillac Series 62 and the ‘57 Desoto Adventurer Convertible. Finally, the Mopar collection includes three Dodge Vipers (including the final year’s model), a 2016 Challenger Hellcat, and from the 1970s, a Hemi ‘Cuda and a Superbird.
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