Gilmore Car Museum -- prime SW Michigan attraction
We have had a number of guests who have visited Kalamazoo just to go to the Gilmore Car Museum because it was on their “bucket list” of the very best car museums anywhere. Others drive their own historic cars here to attend special events and gatherings.
--------------------------------Scroll down for our photos of a recent visit.
Located in a beautiful country location about 25 minutes from downtown Kalamazoo, near Southwest Michigan’s Gull Lake, the Gilmore Car Museum began when Donald Gilmore’s expanding collection of vintage and classic cars needed a home. He and his wife Genevieve bought 90 acres of farmland at Hickory Corners and had a number of classic barns dismantled and rebuilt on the property to house the collection. They soon realized that the collection should be expanded and protected, and that was the beginning of what is now one of the premiere car museums in the country.
Open year-round, the Gilmore Car Museum is actually a collection of collections. Besides being home to over 400 spectacular automobiles, the Gilmore Car Museum is the site of high-quality, independent special-interest collections:
The Classic Car Club of America Museum
The Franklin Collection
The Tucker Historical Collection
The Pierce Arrow Museum
The Cadillac-LaSalle Club
The Midwest Miniatures Museum
The Model A Ford Museum
The Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum’s Grand Opening wil be Saturday, August 9th.
Actually, one of MY favorite collections at the museum is a room full of hundreds of hood ornaments - also called car mascots. They are fascinating to look at, and this video about Antiques Roadshow’s trip to the Gilmore Car Museum to see these “car mascots” is fascinating:
And the site is worth a trip for other attractions as well. Today the campus includes 8 historic barns (compelling in their own right), a recreated 1930’s service station, a small-town train station, and a historic diner where you can take a break with a good lunch and some delicious ice cream.
Finding it: For directions between the Kalamazoo House B&B and the Gilmore Car Museum, click on the "Local Area" tab above for a map. Scroll to the bottom, and select Kalamazoo House B&B and the Gilmore Car Museum for detailed directions in either direction.
Photos from our recent visit to the Gilmore Car Museum
The Cadillac barn is a favorite.
The classic Pierce Arrows bring back days of glamour.
Did you know Checker Cabs were made here in Kalamazoo?
Priceless antique autos in a historic barn.
Beautiful hot rods.
What a great color!
Love the hood ornaments. Also known as car mascots.
There are days it would be fun to have this on our car.
Maybe the witch would look good on my Prius?