Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners

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The Gilmore Car Museum is located in Hickory Corners in the U.S. state of Michigan. The museum houses one of Michigan's largest collections of classic and vintage automobiles. Over 300 vintage and collector vehicles and motorcycles from all eras are on display in over a dozen vintage buildings located on 90 acres (36 ha).
Exhibits range from the early cars of the 1890s, to the Duesenbergs, Auburn Automobile, and classics of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, as well as automobiles built in the "Other Motor City - Kalamazoo." Also on display is a vintage Franklin dealership and the largest gallery ever dedicated to the Model A Ford. Featured are the Dust Bowl and Great Migration vehicles of the 1920s and 1930s, a Tucker 48, vintage pedal cars, Motorcycles, Hood Ornaments, Bicycles, Checker Taxi, including the actual Sunshine Cab Co. Taxi 804 from the television series Taxi and more.

On site is a 1941 Blue Moon Diner and a re-creation of a 1930s Shell Gas Station, where gas is always 18 cents a gallon.

On display is the movie set and car as seen in the 1967 Walt Disney movie, The Gnome-Mobile. Museum founder Donald Gilmore and Walt Disney were good friends and after production of the film ended, Donald purchased the 1930 Rolls-Royce Sedanca Deville used in the movie from Disney Studios. After visiting the Gilmore Car Museum in person before its public opening, Disney gave the original movie set, a four-times-larger-than-life recreation of the back seat of the Rolls-Royce, to Donald as a gift. Both pieces are on display at the Gilmore Car Museum.

Admission to the Gilmore Car Museum actually includes seven independent auto museums located on its 90-acre (36 ha) historic campus. They are the Gilmore Car Museum, Classic Car Club of America Museum, the Pierce-Arrow Museum, The H. H. Franklin Collection, the Model A Ford Museum, Lincoln Motor Car Museum and the Cadillac LaSalle Club Museum.
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  • If you can plan your trip here well in advance, you can try to access special features they offer. Be sure to visit the website to see the full list of options on certain days and times. I took my.....  more »
  • We have been to dozens of auto museums. To be a 5 everything is perfection. Tobe a 4 everything is well above average. I had to choose between 4 and 5. I picked 4 because everything is very...  more »
  • I have always had a thing for automobile's and there is a plethora of them, from rarities to classics. The folks who oversee the displays are friendly and knowledgeable about the items and time period of the collections in their area. With such a large number of vehicles, it's not so easy to get a picture to be proud of sometime, yet it's worth the trip. There are also special events which brings in even more of a selection. I recommend Gilmore's to anyone who has a love affair with automobile's!!!
  • One of the best, car museums we have visited. Fantastic facilities and presentation. Large venue. At least 3 - 4 hours to go through. Could be much longer if you really dig in. Well worth the visit. We'll be back.

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