Welcome! Our several years of preparation are finally blossoming – thanks to many of you contributing time, money and artifacts! Although we remain a long ways from full funding and full renovation, HVAC, theater and bathroom construction for Phase 1 is pretty complete – a huge step we are elated about – and we are aimed at a May 2024 opening. But you can even preview it early! Come to our Saturday December 2, 12 – 4 PM Holiday Open House!
This striking 35 ft wide mural now graces the west wall of the PTM building! It is ready for “selfies” of you and your car (or truck)! There is a great story on how it came about running on our YouTube channel – here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0ICNO5fO1E
Wheeled Vehicles: A Legacy of the Pontiac Community!
Starting in the 19th century, the transportation industry became the pulse of Pontiac, MI. This community saw decades of phenomenal “boom” growth, some economic “down” cycles, huge industrialization, and recently a newly re-emerging downtown “avant-garde” culture. The non-profit Pontiac Transportation Museum intends to tell this remarkable story, but also has a role in energizing community development and re-vitalization.
Situated in a historic neighborhood location, the museum is well-equipped to reach out to the Pontiac schools and community. Intended museum activities include science, technology, engineering, art, and math outreach to engage youth with perspective of how those technical capabilities historically grew their own community. As a drawing card for city visitors, the Museum will support local economic development – hotels and restaurants are typical beneficiaries of a healthy museum culture.
Explore our website to learn about how these following images relate to Pontiac Transportation heritage! It is an intriguing story!
The entirety of the Southeast Michigan community takes great pride in their automotive history. Even beyond the interested locals, enthusiasts tend to travel in “cruises” and make a transportation museum a destination, planning annual conventions around a trip. Beyond “car-crazy “ history buffs, the Pontiac Transportation Museum scope has a broad appeal that includes truck, RV, bus, and wartime conversion enthusiasts; and those just fascinated by the heritage of how this community of diverse ethnicities profoundly affected American culture and lifestyle.
PTM is pleased to recognize some of our important partners and supporters in the community:
One of America’s most robust centers of transportation history, innovation, and accomplishment is Pontiac, Michigan. To celebrate the heritage and remarkable achievements of this community, the Pontiac Transportation Museum is currently being developed to showcase significant examples of automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles and other designed or built locally – vehicles which truly changed the nation and the world. Learn More
The city of Pontiac has a long history and heritage tied to transportation – from a central distribution point for agricultural products to carriage and automobile manufacturing. And it all started with a territorial governor trying to sell some land. Learn More