Whether you’re 7 or 70, cars are a universal love language. From the roar of an engine to the feel of a leather steering wheel under your hands, cars are a way to express ourselves and connect with others who share our passion for them.
Now you can do just that at the Savoy Automobile Museum in Cartersville. The brand-new world-class museum is perfect for those looking to peruse classic hotrods or want to dive into some automotive history.
Savoy opened last year and is about only an hour away from Atlanta, making it a perfect getaway for a day or even a long weekend. On any given day, the building houses between 40 and 50 cars, and the facility is spotlessly immaculate. The rare and unique vehicles are arranged with plenty of room to walk around and get close to — get your cameras ready!
Guests have plenty of options when visiting Savoy: through the museum’s permanent collection, “Savoy Collection,” rotating galleries, guided tours and engaging experiences. One of their latest rotating galleries, “Big Blocks,” is on display now through Dec. 4.
The exhibit showcases American muscle cars with “big block” engines and features cars from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, including Chevrolet’s Chevelle, the Buick GSX and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. If you want to see what these humongous engines are made of, visit this exhibit during a “Hoods Up! Weekend” when the hoods are raised.
Other notable exhibits now on display include “Gifts of Gratitude” through Oct. 30 and “Fast Brass” until January 29, 2023. And, from December 6 to April 2, 2023, don’t miss the “Fabulous Fins” exhibit, which features cars designed for the sky! Cars from an era of aero-innovation, that is: the iconic, edgy, and sharp tail fins of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In addition to rotating galleries, the museum also welcomes its guests to many exciting events throughout the year, including its recurring “Movies at the Museum” event — October’s movie is Dreamwork’s film “Turbo” — and the “MOPARs, Musclecars, & More” event that takes place on Oct. 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. During that event, guests will enjoy an evening with experts Ted Stephens of the Stephens Performance Collection and Tim Wellborn of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum.
If you’re ready to get this show on the road, Savoy is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $15, children between ages 3 and 12 are $5; children 2 and under and active military (with ID) receive complimentary admission. And when planning your trip to the Savoy Automobile Museum, come hungry! The Savoy Café is just as exciting as the exhibits on display.
Remember that Savoy’s exhibits change frequently, so if you think you’ll enjoy going more than once, consider becoming a member. Memberships begin at $55 and include a full year of benefits such as free admission, a 10% discount in the Savoy Store and Café, expedited check-in and more.
Savoy Automobile Museum
Location: 3 Savoy Lane Cartersville, GA, 30120; Hours: Tues-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission: General admission $15, Children 3-12 $5, Children 2 and under and active military are free; Website: savoymuseum.org; Contact: 770-416-1500