Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum, Kokomo

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Think about the impact that automobiles have had on American industry and culture. For some, the automobile represents a manufacturing livelihood. In Kokomo, IN where the museum is located, generations of families made their living by working at Chrysler or Delco. This once automotive town, tagged as the "City of Firsts," is home to Elwood Haynes, who along with the Apperson Brothers, built America's first gasoline-powered car in 1894.

For many, the automobile re-ignites special memories like hanging your head out of the back window of your Pop's 1955 Chevy, or cruisin' the main drag with your convertible top down and your girl by your side. Maybe it's the family vacation to the Grand Canyon in your 1962 Buick station wagon. Perhaps you can recall the rumble of the exhaust as a GTO raced down your street. Whatever memories you have of years gone by, we're sure there's a certain car or truck that brings back a special time in your life and one like it might very well be on display at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!

In addition to the more than 100 antique cars, those who appreciate vintage advertising, clothing and antiques will enjoy the great collection of signage and variety of memorabilia relevant to the history of the cars on display. Step back in time and enjoy the 1950s diner and service station diorama. A gift shop offers a variety of souvenirs to mark your day in Kokomo.

Experience America's love affair with the automobile by visiting the Kokomo Automotive Museum. Its permanent exhibits trace the history of the automobile and the rich history of the City of Firsts with its ties to the Haynes family. Bring back those memories at KAM where a presentation of some of the finest cars can be enjoyed by all ages. They are not only of historical significance, they are works of art. Bring your family, your students, or your friends, to one of Central Indiana's best-kept secrets!

The Kokomo Automotive Museum Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors.
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  • The Kokomo Automotive Museum closed in may 2018 because they lost their space. They are planning to re-open in the new convention center when it's complete in a year or two.  more »
  • The highlight of this smaller automobile museum is the collection of Haynes-Apperson automobiles, that were manufactured in Kokomo. They even have a 1904 model, which is in excellent condition...  more »
  • This museum also has an excellent antique toy display, small but nice. Their display of automobiles is quite interesting.
  • We took a road trip on a cold winter day, and found a warm and friendly staff waiting for us at this great car museum. Not only is it rich in local automotive history, but they have a nice variety of all American cars arranged chronologically. My only regret is that it’s so far away from home.

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