Snowmobile Museum.

Snowmobile Museum

Field review by the editors.

Allenstown, New Hampshire

Ralph, the guide from the Museum of Family Camping, followed us across the sandy road to this museum, housed in an identical rustic camp building. A plaque reads: "Dedicated to preserving the rich history of snowmobiling and sharing it with the public." It is a series of rooms, dozens of Ski-Doos, Arctic Cats, Moto-Skis, and Evinrudes crammed nose-to-tail. Some have little signs; most do not.

Our favorites are the behemoth 1918 Lombard Log Hauler ("New Hampshire's first snowmobile") and the funky 1973 Inovar Sno Coupe in burnt orange, which looks like it could have been driven by Superfly. Also boasts a Model-T converted to a snowmobile by Virgil White, who coined and patented the word "snowmobile," and the first Moto-Ski sold in the state.

Snowmobile exhibit.

The museum was the dream of Paul T. Doherty, opened in 1985 -- "The first and only state-sponsored snowmobile museum in the United States."

Snowmobile Museum

Bear Brook State Park

Address:
157 Deerfield Rd, Allenstown, NH
Directions:
In Bear Brook State Park. From Hwy 28 in Allenstown drive east on Deerfield Rd for two miles, then turn right into the park entrance. Ask the guard at the gate for final directions.
Hours:
Summer daily 8 am - 4 pm. Jan-Feb (snowmobile access). (Call to verify)
Phone:
603-485-3782
Admission:
Free, if only going to museum.
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