June 15–16, from 10 am5 pm

We invite you and your friends to a Drive-In and Tailgate Party this weekend. See a wide range of trucks competing for prizes. Enter your own truck with the Drive-In registration form.

Be sure to catch the children’s pedal truck contests each day at 11 am and 3 pm for children ages 2–4.

Enjoy a barbecue, see our cute farm animals, and more, all on the beautiful grounds of the museum.

Images of historical trucks from our photography collections illustrate its evolution. This weekend also celebrates our exhibition The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force, which follows the route of the pickup truck from its beginnings to today. A rarity on display will be a 1907 Chase Model D “Open Express” Motor Truck, manufactured in Syracuse. You can also take a look at a 1922 Ford Model TT, a 1925 Ford Model TT, and a 1937 Ford.

A 1955 Chevrolet 3100 shows that interior amenities such as heaters, radios, and adjustable seating became important to pickup truck drivers. The 1960s saw a different kind of hybrid: the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino. These “personal pickups,” derived from passenger cars, are represented in the exhibition by a 1967 Ford Ranchero. A 1977 Chevrolet C-10 with step-side box is also in the exhibition.

The versatility and dependability of the pickup truck make it a big seller: among new vehicles sold in the United States today, the top two sellers are pickup trucks.  Come out and celebrate a truly American classic.

Admission to all Step Back in Time weekends is included with regular museum admission. Members of the New York State Historical Association enjoy free admission. Join today!