Come relive history at the Gilmore Car Museum in Southwest Michigan, North America’s largest auto museum. The Gilmore Car Museum is situated halfway between Detroit and Chicago in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and features a 90-acre historic campus with an incredible collection of almost 400 vintage automobiles, motorcycles, and memories.
The Gilmore Car Museum’s mission is to “tell the history of America through the automobile… ” and that’s exactly what they do. From an old-fashioned gas station and 1941 diner to a recreated dealership row and a 1930’s Rolls Royce from a Disney movie, this blast from the past is a must-see. Here are just a few of the exhibits and features of this delightful trip down memory lane.
GILMORE CAR MUSEUM EVENTS
Wednesday Nights from 5 – 8pm, May through September
Do you have a special car of your own? Drive it to the museum on Wednesday nights so others can admire it during the weekly Cruise-In. You’ll enjoy seeing what others drive in and meeting car lovers from all over.
May 22, – October 2, 2021
Go back to driver’s training… old school!
Saturday, June 12 – Sunday, June 13, 2021
July 11, 2021 from 9am – 4pm
Enjoy the Mad Dogs and Englishmen’s 31st Annual British Car Fair
GILMORE CAR MUSEUM EXHIBITS
American Graffiti: Where were you in ’62 – Come see first-hand the 1958 custom Chevrolet Impala that actor Ron Howard drove in the movie, American Graffiti, along with other hot rods from the show. Location: 50s & 60s Gallery
Born to Perform: The Era of the Muscle Car – The muscle car era was all about big engines and big performance. From Chevelles and Camaros to Corvettes and Mustangs – they’re all here and more. COMING SOON! The muscle car building – dedicated to celebrating the muscle car era. Location: Larry and Earlene Baum Gallery
April – November
Disney Magic and More – Designed for the kids at heart, this seasonal exhibit boasts 100+ pedal cars, which includes tractors, airplanes, anniversary models, police cars, fire trucks, and more. Climb into a 1919 Whippet Assistant Chief’s Fire Truck with your sweetheart for a photo opp! What’s more, you’ll witness the only movie set to have ever left Walt Disney Studios from a 1967 Walt Disney film featuring The Gnome-Mobile. Location: “G” Barn
1930s Shell Gas Station – Experience the authentically recreated Shell Station from the 1930’s when gas was only 18 cents per gallon. You’ll enjoy a large display of memorabilia as well.
GILMORE CAR MUSEUM LOCATION & HOURS
6865 Hickory RD
Hickory Corners MI 49060
(Apr 1 – Nov 30)
Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
(Dec 1 – Mar 31)
Daily 10:00am – 5:00pm
To purchase gifts, souvenirs, and more, visit the Museum Store, either in person or online.
A trip to the Gilmore Car Museum in Southwest Michigan is fun for everyone, but would also make a wonderful gift for that special man in your life. With Father’s Day just around the corner, surprise dad or hubby with a gift certificate to an overnight stay at Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast, located just 40 minutes from the museum. He’ll be spoiled with a delicious breakfast each morning and a day spent admiring all things wheels. To make your getaway gift extra special, you can add on a relaxing massage or a special, package or enhancement.