Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum, Marysville

#209 of 261 in Museums in Michigan
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The largest collection of Wills autos anywhere in the world! Currently there are 10 Wills cars on display, from a 1922 Coupe to a 1926 7-Passenger Sedan to a 1926 Wills Roadster. The Museum also has many photographs of the factory and the community of Marysville, which C. Harold Wills called the "City of Contented Living". Original black & white ads, color ads, original literature and owners manuals, and much, much more.

The Wills Museum building, located at 2408 Wills Street in Marysville, Michigan, was previously a Dow Chemical munitions factory built during WWII. The building's unique feature is that it is concrete construction with wooden trusses and roof. It was designed so that if the building were to explode, the roof would blow off without serious damage to the walls. The roof could quickly be rebuilt and war production could resume.

The Richard and Patricia Donahey Foundation of Belleville, Michigan graciously donated the building. The Donaheys are antique auto enthusiasts who enjoy showing and touring in their vintage automobiles. They wish to share their joy of old cars with other members of the hobby. Thus, they have given the Wills Sainte Claire Museum this building to help promote the antique car hobby and educate the public about the history of C. Harold Wills and the Wills Sainte Claire automobile. The Wills Club thanks the Donahey Foundation for their generosity, and also thanks all of the car club members and others who have devoted their time, talent and donations in order to make the Wills Sainte Claire Museum possible. The Wills Sainte Claire Museum is a 501c3, non-profit organization.

The Museum is open on the second Sunday of the month from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Special arrangements can be made for group tours. We are currently looking for a 1926 Ford Model T so that we can show, and explain, the technological differences between the two automobiles.

If you have an interest in C. Harold Wills, or own a Wills Sainte Claire, and would like to become a member of the Wills Sainte Claire Museum, please contact one of the board members or send us an e-mail message. The cost is $25 per year, which includes our award winning newsletter and unlimited admission. To learn more about the Museum, for information on storing cars in the Wills Museum building, or to make monetary or Wills memorabilia donations to the Museum, please contact:

Terry Ernest - Director (810) 987-2854
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  • The Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum is a hidden gem. I truly enjoyed my visit on Sunday, The history of C Harold Wills and the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile is fascinating. It was interesting to.....  more »
  • This museum has some very unique history and high caliber autos. We've been to many automotive museums but were very surprised at what we learned here. I won't spoil it - just go.  more »
  • This museum is loaded with great local information/history. A must-see!!
  • Wonderful local car museum, highly recommend a visit

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