Packard Museum Marks 20 Years at Site

WARREN, Ohio – In 2019, the National Packard Museum observed its 20th year at its current location in Warren.

“As we reminisced, we realized the future of the museum depends on updating our strategic plan, our technology and our communications, and having a mindset to remain competitive in the rapidly changing nonprofit environment,” says Mary Ann Porinchak, executive director.

In the past 20 years, the museum has collaborated with outside organizations to get it through lean times and grow from a 7,500-square-foot building to a nearly 23,000-square- foot complex.

Staffed by one full-time and three part-time employees and volunteers, the museum carries out a schedule of events and special exhibits while maintaining its permanent exhibits. Last year, the museum presented 26 guided tours and 10 educational programs, and hosted 36 events.

The museum’s collection grew in 2019 with the receipt of several significant gifts, including the 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible that billionaire Howard Hughes purchased and a rare 1956 Packard Executive, one of only 1,031 hardtops built. In addition, it received a rare handgun once owned by James Ward Packard.

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