The Taubman Museum of Art in Virginia’s Blue Ridge has a new special exhibition featuring classic cars and motorcycles.

DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles opens Saturday, September 8 and will be on display through February 3, 2019.

Curated by Ken Gross, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, DRIVE! showcases 23 vehicles that highlight the history and innovation of the American automotive industry. It’s a unique exhibit that introduces automobiles as art, full of beauty and intriguing stories.

Drive! - 1960 Plymouth - Taubman Museum of Art

The exhibition consists of American made cars and motorcycles that were made between 1912 and 1965, and it includes prototype, concept cars, luxury roadsters, classic race cars, and vintage motorcycles.

A few highlights include a 1954 Ford Tudor - a vehicle that was used as a “Moonshine Runner” during prohibition, as well as a 1941 Willys MB Jeep, which was described by President Dwight Eisenhower as “the little car that won the war.”

Drive! Exhibition - Moonshine Runner - Taubman Museum Art

The exhibition also features a 1965 Shelby Cobra, 1912 Mercer Raceabout Model 35C, 1921 Stutz Bearcat, 1936 Stout Scarab - a vehicle well ahead of its time and regarded as the first minivan.

Motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy getting to see the 1938 Crocker “Small Tank” Motorcycle, 1947 Harley-Davidson “Knucklehead,” and the 1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle with Sidecar, which was owned by legendary actor and automotive enthusiast Steve McQueen.

Drive! Exhibition - Motorcycles - Taubman Museum of Art

From opening day through November 18, patrons will also have the opportunity to see a beautiful 1959 Corvette Sting Ray Prototype, a one-of-a-kind car that was initially built as a personal race car in a secret design studio at General Motors. From November 21 through February 3, 2019, the Sting Ray will be replaced by a 1959 Cadillac Cyclone.

See the complete list of vehicles on view by visiting the Taubman Museum of Art website >

Don’t miss your chance to see these rolling sculptures on display in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!

Here are some additional details to help you plan your visit.

Drive! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles - Taubman Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates & Hours

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, September 8, 2018 through Sunday, February 3, 2018 

Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
First Friday of Every Month - 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Information

DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles is a special ticketed exhibition. Admission to the general gallery in the museum is free, but prices for the special exhibition are as follows:

Adult: $12.00
College Student (with valid ID): $10.00
Senior (65+): $10.00
Child (6-17 years old): $5.00
Child (5 & under): Free
Overdrive Pass (unlimited general admission to the exhibition with the exception of special events): $30.00
Admission is free for members of the Taubman of Art.

Tickets are available for purchase online or in-person at the Visitor Services Desk at the museum. Get your tickets now >

Hotel Packages

The Taubman Museum of Art and The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center are partnering together to offer a special Drive package that includes two tickets for the exhibition and overnight lodging at the historic hotel. Learn more and book on the hotel's website >


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DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles is on display at the Taubman Museum of Art in Downtown Roanoke, located in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Taubman Museum of Art
110 Salem Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 342-5760
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Visit our Downtown Roanoke Parking Page for more information about public parking areas near the museum.

For more ideas on fun things to do following your visit to the Taubman Museum of Art, check out the Must See Main Street: Downtown Roanoke and our Downtown Roanoke Shopping Guide blog posts.