America On Wheels offers a glimpse of the past, present
and future of the nation's over-the-road transportation
system and preserve its history by looking back in time,
collecting valuable artifacts and vehicles and illustrating
the tremendous impact transportation has had on people's
How big is the building?
The building is a 43,000 sq.-ft. facility: 43,000 sq. ft.
of new construction added to the existing 5,600 -sq.-ft.
What is inside?
The elaborate galleries of America On Wheels features the
vehicles that put our nation, literally, on the road to
international leadership in automotive transportation. The
museum provides three large exhibit galleries. The center
concourse features exhibit areas as well. In all, the museum
has more than 23,000 sq.-ft. of exhibit space.
The concourse and the South Gallery tells the story of
the development of over-the-road transportation and the
American trucking industry. The North Gallery features a
long-term education exhibit on alternative fuels and the
second floor West Gallery showcases changing vehicle exhibits.
The museum has a lobby area, an orientation theater a large
gift shop and a catering prep area. The second floor houses
the museum classroom and library, curatorial prep area as
well as a special event room that is available for hosting
symposiums, business meetings receptions and private parties.
What is the purpose of the Museum's Capacity Campaign?
An amazing opportunity has been placed before our Board which can help us achieve our growing needs both culturally, and from a strong educational perspective, in the form of a challenge grant in the amount of $500,000. The capacity campaign will provide the necessary resources to supplement funding for the operations of the America On Wheels museum and future exhibits.
How much does the museum hope to raise from this Capacity Campaign?
The guidelines for this grant state the $500,000 must be matched by December 29, 2013, and is included in our overall $2 million goal.
How much did building America On Wheels cost?
The cost was approximately $17 million.
How much is already committed?
Approximately, $13.5 million has been raised in support
of the project to date: $7 million from the Redevelopment
Capital Assistance Program, $5 million from the Transportation
Enhancement Act of the 21st Century and $500,000 from various
foundations, local government, corporations and individuals.
Who is being asked to contribute to the campaign and
AOW's Annual Campaign?
The board of directors and staff of America On Wheels, car
and truck collectors, auto enthusiasts, foundations, corporations,
business people and individuals are being asked to support
Does America On Wheels have an endowment?
The American Truck Foundation has pledged to contribute
approximately $3 million towards a $10 million endowment
fund to support ongoing operations. As America On Wheels'
board of directors works to achieve its goal, additional
private funds will be added to the endowment fund to help
secure the museum's future.
Who owns America On Wheels?
America On Wheels is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization
governed by a board of directors.
I am not interested in cars, trucks, wagons, bicycles
or motorcycles, why should I contribute?
The museum is a social and cultural resource interpreting
a period in America's history - the late 1880s to present
- that made a significant impact on society. America On
Wheels is a place to look back in time and experience innovations
and the development of technology. America On Wheels is
also a place to look at technologies being developed for
the present and the future. America On Wheels is truly a
trip worth taking!