R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Lansing

#3 of 9 in Museums in Ingham County
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Museum is a nonprofit, educational organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The Museum has thousands of irreplaceable items in the archives along with over 55 vehicles that range from 1886 through 2004. It is dedicated to Ransom Eli Olds, inventor, entrepreneur, and financier, and one of Lansing’s most notable automotive leaders. He created the principle of the assembly line in the automobile industry and founded two local automobile companies: Olds Motor Works (1897) and REO Motor Car Company (1904).

As the Museum has grown in interpretation of its mission, and to more accurately promote Lansing area’s many contributions in transportation, the word “Transportation” was added to the Museum’s name in 1987.

The Museum exhibits a significant collection of automobiles, engines, and other materials significant to the transportation history of Lansing, the region, the state and the nation. The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and the Bates and Edmonds Engine Company offices are resources within the Lansing Stewardship Community of Motor-Cities-National Heritage Area, a cultural heritage area and affiliate of the National Parks Service.

Currently, the REOTM and its surrounding land are leased from the City of Lansing.
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  • I went there on a whim, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very interesting story about an interesting family.  more »
  • Great museum. Marvelous small collection of early Olds and REO vehicles. Auto buffs will appreciate the attention to detail. General history buffs will enjoy the period correct displays. The museum...  more »
  • I love these museums where there is a lot of local history and volunteers pouring their hearts and love into bringing some very important history and knowledge to the public. I knew some about the Reo cars and trucks and my grandparents had several Olds when I was a kid in the 50’s so seeing how R.E. Olds was such an entrepreneur and how he built several companies and technologies was truly interesting. Many cars on display, some on loan and some donated. Loved the info and the displays from early engines to cars, trucks and even lawnmowers. Well done!
  • Great exhibition on the history of American automotive industry and history of engineering. Rich exhibition of old 60s-style cars if you're into that. Free parking on site. Kids-friendly and very pleasant staff. Definitely worth a visit.

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