The Tallahassee Automobile Museum has two 15,000 square foot Banquet Halls capable of seating up to 1,500 people with prep kitchen and media facilities. Click here to learn more.
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Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12noon - 5pm
CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Adults: $17.50/person - General Admission
$15.00/person - Seniors
$15.00/person - Two or more guests
Students (Age 10 - College w/ID): $11.75/person
Children (Ages 5 - 9): $8.00/person
Children (Up to 4 years old): FREE!
We have special rates for groups of 10 or more.
For groups of 35 or more, we have a Lunch-n-Tour program. With the Lunch-n-Tour, your group will tour the museum and then we'll feed you lunch in one of our banquet rooms. This is great for car clubs, civic organizations, student and church groups. Call for details!
The Tallahassee Automobile Museum, located in Tallahassee, Florida, opened to the public in May 1996. Our museum was born of DeVoe Moore’s need for a project and the red-tape of government environmental permitting inhibiting his ability to build new buildings! Since the building for the original museum site was already permitted, he put his energy into developing a facility to house his small collection of 15 automobiles. DeVoe always thought of automobiles as works of art and decided a museum was a worthy project where he could share his love with the public --especially young people.
Our museum is designated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational corporation. The admission fee and any donations made to the museum are used to pay the expenses associated with the day-to-day operations of preserving the history located within its walls. The collections housed here have been donated by private individuals who do not receive any financial compensation from the museum.
In 1999, our Museum was privileged to receive the AACA First Place Award: #1 Museum in the United States for the Preservation of Antique Cars!
In 2007, after out-growing the original facility, our museum was moved to its current facility. The main museum building is 100,000 square feet – triple the size of the original facility. It houses two floors of mostly American cars and a wonderful collection of Americana. On the ground floor, our museum houses two state-of-the-art banquet halls that will seat up to 1,500 and two additional conference/meeting rooms are located on the 2nd floor. The current facility is one of Mr. Moore's prized accomplishments. He is pleased to have constructed a “green” building as an alternative energy source to help support future generations. At the time of construction, the building had the largest solar system placed on the roof of a building in the state of Florida.
Currently, our museum displays over 150 automobiles. Our collection is quite diverse. Automobiles range from an 1894 Duryea, one of the oldest automobiles manufactured in the United States, to a 2010 Camaro customized to look like a Pontiac Trans Am. The 1860 horse-drawn funeral hearse reported to have carried Abraham Lincoln is also on display. Our Batman collection has grown to include three Batmobiles --including the original cars used in the movies Batman Returns and Batman Forever, the Batmobile and Batcycle from the TV series, the Yellow Duck and the original Batskiboat used in the movie Batman Returns. In addition to the vehicles mentioned above, there are many other unique and rare vehicles. Over 20 of the vehicles are national champion cars.
The large showcase of vehicles is just a start to what you will see on display. Our museum has a large variety of collections in show condition. These include one of the largest collections in the United States of Case knives, outboard motors dating back to 1908 and Florida fishing lures. Other large collections include adding machines dating back to 1864, antique brass cash registers and electrical fans, Native American artifacts, antique golf collections (clubs and balls) baseball card collections, motorbikes, pedal cars, and sports memorabilia. There are also smaller collections including baby bottles, baby rattles, beaded purses, can openers, pocket watches, telephones, typewriters, slot machines, and spark plugs –just to name a few.
Our museum is also home to a fascinating collection of some of the most beautiful Steinway pianos in the country, including the Peace Piano, the Chihuly Art Piano, the Alma - Tadema Steinway and a reproduction of the 1913 White House "Gold" Piano.
So if you are interested in Americana, we have the museum for you! Come spend a day and see what true craftsmanship is all about.
DeVoe Moore found his love for collecting when he started his first knife collection at the age of 9. (He’s still collecting!) This love quickly grew to include cars. During his Junior year of high school, he customized his brother’s 1951 Ford two-door hardtop. While still in high school he had a 1933 Ford Coupe chopped and channeled with an Oldsmobile motor. This car would “outrun anything” in Tampa, Florida. Then came a 1953 Mercury Monterey two-door hardtop. He and three of his high school buddies rolled this car smashing the top down against the seats. These acquisitions and activities were just the start of a lifelong passion for the craftsmanship seen in automobiles and other collections he has assembled. A furtherance of this passion is to ensure the children of today have an opportunity to visit the past, to be excited and amazed at their own history and potential.
Born in Spring Creek, North Carolina in 1939, DeVoe Moore spent his early childhood in Greeneville, Tennessee prior to moving to Tampa, Florida where he graduated high school. His formal education started at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia and was completed at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Devoe is married to Shirley McEwan. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. He has made Tallahassee his home since 1961.
DeVoe has been involved in numerous land acquisitions and has been self-employed with various businesses over the years. Some of his businesses have included Fleet Supply, Inc., Florida Georgia White Truck Sales, ABAC Auto Parts, Baker Alford Auto Parts, Certified Automotive Warehouse, Airport Industrial Park, Fort Knox Storage, Cross Creek Golf Course and the Tallahassee Automobile Museum.
Through the years, he has served and continues to serve the local community through his involvement in his church and many different organizations. He also serves as a board member of several community foundations and has been honored in a variety of ways by various organizations.
Some of the most recent honors include, helping to establish the DeVoe L. Moore Center in the College of Social Sciences in 1996. The Center’s purpose is to help students study how government rules and regulations affect free enterprise and property rights. He has also provided numerous endowed scholarships to assist athletes and other students.
In 2005, he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Florida State University as recognition of his personal achievements and his generosity toward generations of young people seeking a higher education.
In 2009, the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame inducted DeVoe into the prestigious group of people who participate in motorsports racing. He was honored for his contribution to the motorsports heritage through the museum.
In 2010, DeVoe was honored to have the University Center building named after him as part of the expansion of Doak Campbell Stadium at Florida State University.
In 2012, DeVoe was inducted into the Florida State University Athletic Hall of Fame for his gracious contribution to the University and Athletic Department, inspiring others to do the same.
In DeVoe’s spare time he enjoys working his farm which includes water buffalo and goats, working his pastureland, and speaking to community groups and associations about free enterprise and the museum. In addition to these interests, DeVoe’s businesses could certainly be considered ‘hobbies’ to him.
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