St. Louis, Missouri In celebration of Father’s Day, Dads (and Granddads) will receive free admission to the Kemp Auto Museum on Sunday, June 17. A viewing of all special and permanent collections will be arranged for the occasion, as will complimentary gallery tours, afternoon refreshments and take home crafts for children.
Formal exploration of the museum and its rare and classic collection of automobiles will be available from10am to 3pm. All visitors can follow along with gallery attendants while they highlight longtime favorites of the museum along with new arrivals. Central discussion themes include the form, engineering and growing technical sophistication of 19th and 20th century automobiles, particularly those produced in Europe.
Visitors can expect revelations on vehicles such as the 1939 540K Mercedes-Benz, the visiting 1958 Lotus racecar, and the 1916 Packard touring car. Guides will also discuss the stylistic development of cars from 1930-1970, when contact between automotive design and the decorative arts was at its greatest.
“We are delighted to offer extended access to the museum on Father’s day,” said Executive Director Rodger Van Ness. “It’s a holiday dedicated to honoring and appreciating that which we heavily rely and greatly take for granted, and what better example of this than society’s relationship with the automobile?”
Van Ness hopes that time spent in the museum will inspire some healthy perspective in visitors. “Our goal is for people to leave with a better understanding of how the automobile (and its many purveyors), have improved their quality of life. “Without either, the world would be a much different, much less interesting place.”
Admission for fathers is free with the paid admission of a child. General admission is $8 for Adults. Seniors $6 and children $ 3. Open 10am to 5pm on Father’s day- June 17, 2012.
For more information call (636)537-1718 or visit www.kempautomuseum.org.