We’re Partnering with the KIA for “Chrome & Metal Detroit Style at the Gilmore Car Museum”

Take photographs of America’s classic dreamboats of the open road at the Gilmore Car Museum with automotive industry photo professional Jim Secreto, organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA)!

Visiting Artist, Jim Secreto
Friday & Saturday, June 19-20 (Two days)
Friday, 2 – 8 pm & Saturday, 8 am – 4 pm

Workshop participants will photograph a selection of cars from the Museum’s collection alongside Jim, learning about how best to capture the classic beauties using morning and evening light, angle of view and equipment choice. Jim has a long personal history behind the camera in the automotive industry as well as knowledge and a personal collection of photography and advertising from the Golden Era of Detroit car production. Friday evening after the sun goes down we’ll have a cook out and Jim will present a slide show of the early history of car advertising. Saturday morning we’ll be back at the Gilmore Car Museum to put into practice-learned techniques and an opportunity to photograph the unique Air-Cooled cars. After lunch we will meet at the KIA to share and critique images taken. This workshop subsidized by the Jim & Lois Richmond Workshop Fund of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Check out Jim’s work at http://motorcitypaper.com!

Questions? Would you like to register for this workshop? Please contact the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Special Guest Speaker: Art Fitzpatrick – “Mid-Century Performance”

The Gilmore Car Museum is proud to welcome celebrated automotive artist Art Fitzpatrick for an exclusive presentation on Friday, June 5th at 2:30pm in honor of the Museum’s featured special exhibition of 2015, “Mid-Century Performance.”

Celebrating seven decades of award winning work, Art Fitzpatrick has produced everything from automotive design to best-selling commemorative stamps; accumulating over 50 major art and design awards. He is considered the creator of the most recognizable, successful, and influential auto-advertising artwork of all time and is a major influence to every car designer and automotive artist around the world.

This special presentation is open to the public and is FREE with regular museum admission.

“Art Fitzpatrick is more than an automotive icon, he’s a national treasure.”
– Motor Trend Magazine

Fitzpatrick Gallery (6)

First Wednesday Night Cruise-In of 2015!

Bring your wheels and your memories!

May – September

Wednesday Night Cruise-Ins at the Gilmore Car Museum are an annual tradition! It is FREE to bring your collector car on the grounds during the cruise-in and the event is open to the public. The fun starts at 5 pm and runs until 8pm, with George & Sally’s authentic 1941 Blue Moon Diner serving hot dogs, hamburgers, frozen custard, and more during the show.

2015 Lecture Series: The Shipwreck Graveyard of Northern Lake Michigan

This year’s series will be a journey “on the road to history” as guest speakers captivate museum visitors with stories of the Mysteries of the Gilmore Car Museum, the World of Coca-Cola, Driving the American Road, the Wonderful World of Radio Theater, War Stories from the First Golden Age of High Performance, Shipwreck History, and more!

All presentations will take place on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. Each lecture is just $5.00 per person, or FREE with regular admission. FREE to GCMMembers.

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Skillagalee: The Shipwreck Graveyard of Northern Lake Michigan
Ross Richardson – Shipwreck Hunter & Author

2015 Lecture Series: The Wonderful World of Radio Theater

This year’s series will be a journey “on the road to history” as guest speakers captivate museum visitors with stories of the Mysteries of the Gilmore Car Museum, the World of Coca-Cola, Driving the American Road, the Wonderful World of Radio Theater, War Stories from the First Golden Age of High Performance, Shipwreck History, and more!

All presentations will take place on Sunday afternoons at 3pm. Each lecture is just $5.00 per person, or FREE with regular admission. FREE to GCM Members.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Wonderful World of Radio Theater
Don Ramlow – Radio Theater Historian, Director & Author –

Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum’s Fall Festival

Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum’s Fall Festival

As a recent addition to the Gilmore Car Museum in Fall 2014, the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum will host their first ever National Meet in Hickory Corners, Michigan, drawing hundreds of Cadillac and LaSalle enthusiasts and their beloved automobiles! Additional information to be announced, please check back for more updates coming soon.

General Admission: $12.00 per person – children 11 & under are FREE
Includes all museum exhibits at no extra charge.

Ford Model A Day

Ford Model A Day
Saturday, September 19, 2015 9am – 4pm

Gilmore Car Museum is the proud home of the Model A Ford Museum, the world’s largest museum dedicated solely to the Model A Ford! On Sunday, September 19th, hop in your Model A and head out to the Gilmore Car Museum for the 3rd annual Ford Model A Day and celebrate the heritage of a trusty American car with friends and family. Bring your Model A or come as a spectator, this show and swap meet will be sure to please as hundreds of Model A’s gather in Hickory Corners, Michigan on the Gilmore’s Historic Campus.

General Admission: $12.00 per person – children 11 & under are FREE
Includes all museum exhibits at no extra charge.

For more information or to register your car for Model A Ford Day, please contact the Model A Ford Foundation at fordyhorses@aol.com or visit their website, www.maffi.org.

West Michigan Muscle Cars PLUS Show & Swap Meet

West Michigan Muscle Cars PLUS Show & Swap Meet
Sunday, September 13, 2015 9am – 6pm

The 20th annual Muscle Cars PLUS Show & Swap Meet at the Gilmore Car Museum is West Michigan’s largest gathering of Muscle Cars, featuring classic muscle and hundreds of special interest vehicles!

General Admission: $12.00 per person – children 11 & under are FREE
Includes all museum exhibits at no extra charge.

For more information or to register your car in the Muscle Car Show, please contact the Gary Trama with the West Michigan Muscle Car Club at (269)345-2202.

1st Annual Emergency Vehicle Meet

Sunday,  August  30th
9:00am – 5:00pm

Come spend the day enjoying antique & modern emergency vehicles on display on the Gilmore Car Museum’s beautiful 90-acre Historic Campus, including fire engines, ambulances, police cars, specialized units, as well as static and working displays!

More information will be announced as it comes available.

Regular Museum Admission Rates Apply

Pierce-Arrow Gathering At Gilmore

Pierce-Arrow Gathering At Gilmore
Sunday, August 23, 2015 10am – 3pm

Did you know the very first car in the Gilmore Car Museum’s collection was a 1921 Pierce-Arrow, given to Donald Gilmore by his wife Genevieve in 1963? Come check out this special make and enjoy the company of the Pierce-Arrow Society as they celebrate their 12th annual car club meet. This special day will draw Pierce-Arrow members and automobiles from across the country to the Gilmore Car Museum, home of the Pierce-Arrow Society Museum.

General Admission: $12.00 per person – children 11 & under are FREE
Includes all museum exhibits at no extra charge.

For more information or to register your car in Pierce-Arrow meet, please contact Dave Stevens with the Pierce-Arrow Society at davenstevens@msn.com or visit their website, www.pierce-arrow.org.