Events Calendar

We host many unique events that for you to take advantage of.  Come see why we have been named one of the Nation’s TOP FIVE car museums and recently listed as the #1 Great Historic Auto Site in Michigan by Pure Michigan.  Many of our events include admission to our museum campus, so check them out and plan your visit!

Click here to download and print our 2017 Event Schedule!

Apr
30
Sun
Farewell to the Sports Cars
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

farewell-flyer-imageThe Golden Age of Sports Cars, showcasing nearly two dozen of rarest and most sought after sports cars in the world, is wrapping up on April 30th. “This amazing exhibition was assembled by guest curators Tom Kayser and John Lacko,” stated Museum Marketing Director, Jay Follis. “It highlights the ‘Golden Years’ of sports cars with several exceptional vehicles including Nicolas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275/GTB 4, the race inspired 1955 Mercedes Benz Gull Wing, and an authentic Shelby Cobra 427.”

On Sunday, April 30th, the Gilmore Car Museum will host a “Farewell to the Sports Cars” open-house where visitors will have a chance to get a last look at these iconic cars and mingle with the vehicle owners that help make this exhibit possible. Then, at 2:00pm the cars come to life as they are driven out of the exhibit gallery in a final salute to the Golden Age of Sports Cars.

General museum admission is required to attend the event.

The special exhibit, which opened in October of 2016, is sponsored in part by the Mad Dogs & Englishmen British Car Club and was designed by guest curators Tom Kayser and John Lacko.

2017 Lecture Series: “The Amazing Adventures of the Abernathy Brothers”
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2017 Lecture Series: "The Amazing Adventures of the Abernathy Brothers" @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is a highly anticipated event! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January-April, guests can enjoy a different guest lecturer each weekend speaking on a variety of intriguing topics.

April 30, 2017
“The Amazing Adventures of the Abernathy Brothers”
Presented by Rick Cahow, Teacher and Historian, and with musical assistance by Robin Nott

Come hear the amazing tale of a 1910 cross country journey told through story and song.

May
13
Sat
Model T Driving School – SOLD OUT
May 13 all-day
Model T Driving School - SOLD OUT

Go Back To Driver’s Training at the Gilmore Car Museum…Old School!

Saturday, May 13th
9:30am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 4:30pm

THIS CLASS DATE IS SOLD OUT! PLEASE CHECK OUT OTHER AVAILABLE DATES HERE.

Secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.

Classes are open to all licensed drivers but are limited to 18 students each and SELL OUT fast! Registration is $105 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum members. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register please click the link below or call the Museum’s main line at 269-671-5089

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE and view available class dates

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089 and leaving a recorded message as needed to receive registration refunds. Refunds, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be made for all cancellations received at least 48-hours prior to the course date. Cancellations made after that time, or no-shows, will forfeit all registration fees and no refund will be issued.

May
19
Fri
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Driving Tour
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Driving Tour @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Celebrating the First 50 years of the Automobile!

Join us for 2nd Annual Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Driving Tour that is open to all Pre-1942 Vehicles, just like the cars Museum Founder Donald Gilmore was known for collecting. Only original stock vehicles will be eligible to participate, no modified or hot rod style vehicles please.  Saturday the 20th will be the Pre-1942 show!

The Driving Tour will gather and stage at the Museum at 9:00 am and depart at 9:30 am on Friday, May 19th. This year we will be heading south with two routes – one for the earliest cars (under 30 miles round trip) and the second about 92 miles round trip. We travel into Three counties, Three villages, visiting a Vintage Ford Dealership, a Historic Mill, and drive across Michigan’s Longest Remaining Covered Bridge. We stop at at a Historic Village and Farm Market and return to the Museum’s 1941 Diner. 

TOUR cost is FREE!

Download this year’s show flyer and pre-registration form by clicking here!

Gilmore Car Museum Members’ Reception
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a Member Exclusive event on the evening of Friday, May 19th as we celebrate our proud museum supporters! Attending members will have the first look at our all-new exhibit, “Designed for Delivery: The Early American Truck” before it opens to the public the following day!

Not a Member of the Gilmore Car Museum? Join today by clicking here!

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May
20
Sat
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Donald Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Celebrating the First 50 years of the Automobile!

The Donald Gilmore Showcase is a special show featuring Pre-War 1942 vehicles, just like the cars Museum Founder Donald Gilmore was known for collecting. Only original stock vehicles will be eligible to participate, no modified or hot rod style vehicles please.  The show weekend will also include a Driving Tour on Friday, May 19th.

See early Gas, Steam and Electric autos, Take a ride in an Antique car and Discover autos normally only seen on static display driving the historic campus. An award ceremony will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday and will honor the Oldest Vehicle, Best Vintage Attire (best period attire worn by a vehicle’s owner), plus two very special awards – the Genevieve Gilmore Preservation Award and the Donald & Genevieve Gilmore Award (Best of Show).

Activities will also take place throughout the day, including start up demos featuring some of the earliest cars in the Museum’s Collection and a “Parade through the Decades,” featuring each decade represented on the show field.

Admission Rates:
Show Car Admission: $10.00/car
Vendor Admission: $20.00/space
Spectator Admission: $12.00/person

*Please note: Gilmore Car Museum memberships are not valid for show car admission*

Download this year’s show flyer and pre-registration form by clicking here!

May
21
Sun
Susan G. Komen Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure®
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Susan G. Komen Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure® @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure of Southwest Michigan will be held at the Gilmore Car Museum on Sunday, May 21st! Since it started in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure has grown from one Race with 800 people to a global series of more than 12017 Komen Southwest Michigan Race for the Cure®50 Races per year and nearly 1 million people participating across four continents. Walk, jog or sprint and help us beat breast cancer.

For more information on this event organized by the Susan G. Komen Foundation or to register, please visit CLICK HERE.

RACE DAY TIMELINE

11:00 AM -1:30 PM: Race Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up
11:00 AM: Race Site Open to the Public
12:30 PM: Kids for the Cure Sprint
2:00 PM: Race Starts 5K Run/Walk & Community Walk
Don’t forget: Racers get half-off admission to the museum on race day!

Ford Warriors in Pink is proud of our 23 year commitment to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series and is honored to have the Ford Motor Company brand so uniquely incorporated into this year’s race location and pace car through the generous support of the Gilmore Car Museum and their historic site.” – Tracy Magee, Ford Warriors in Pink, Brand Manager

May
25
Thu
Model T Driving School – SOLD OUT
May 25 all-day
Model T Driving School - SOLD OUT

Go Back To Driver’s Training at the Gilmore Car Museum…Old School!

Thursday, May 25th
ALL SESSIONS FOR THIS DATE ARE SOLD OUT. Please click here to view other course dates.

Secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.

Classes are open to all licensed drivers but are limited to 18 students each and SELL OUT fast! Registration is $105 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum members. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register please click the link below or call the Museum’s main line at 269-671-5089

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE and view available class dates

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089 and leaving a recorded message as needed to receive registration refunds. Refunds, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be made for all cancellations received at least 48-hours prior to the course date. Cancellations made after that time, or no-shows, will forfeit all registration fees and no refund will be issued.

Jun
4
Sun
Classic Car Club of America Museum Grand Experience
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Classic Car Club of America Museum Grand Experience @ Gilmore Car Museum / Classic Car Club of America Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Classic Car Club of America Museum will host their 31st Anniversary Experience at the Gilmore Car Museum on Sunday, June 4th. The 31st annual event will bring the best of the best to the Southwest Michigan, including some of the nation’s most stunningly restored Classic automobiles. Visit the CCCA Museum website at www.cccamuseum.org or click here for details and registration.

Inviting all Full Classics® and American & European Roadsters, Sports, & Touring Cars 1915-1965

The CCCA Museum is also proud to announce that Clive Cussler, best selling author, underwater explorer, founder of the National Underwater & Marine Agency, and noted collector of over 140 of the finest examples of custom coachwork and 50’s convertibles to be found anywhere is the 2017 Grand Marshal. 

Admission Rates
Spectator Admission: $12.00/person
*Please note: Gilmore Car Museum memberships are not valid for show car admission*

Jun
8
Thu
Model T Driving School – SOLD OUT
Jun 8 all-day
Model T Driving School - SOLD OUT

Go Back To Driver’s Training at the Gilmore Car Museum…Old School!

Thursday, June 8th
ALL SESSIONS FOR THIS DATE ARE SOLD OUT. Please click here to view other course dates.

Secure a seat behind the wheel of an AUTHENTIC Model T Ford built between 1908 and 1927 — right out of the Museum’s fleet of vintage vehicles — and drive the 2.5 miles of paved roads within our historic campus with an experienced and enthusiastic instructor. This is truly a fun and memorable hands-on experience that’s perfect for multi-generational family groups, couples, corporate team building, or anyone who wants to take a step back in time and learn how to drive, or get a refresher, in one of the 15 million “Tin Lizzies” built by the Ford Motor Company over 100 years ago.

Classes are open to all licensed drivers but are limited to 18 students each and SELL OUT fast! Registration is $105 per student, discounts are available for Gilmore Car Museum members. Payment is required at the time of registration. To register please click the link below or call the Museum’s main line at 269-671-5089

Click here to REGISTER ONLINE and view available class dates

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be made by calling the Gilmore Car Museum at 269-671-5089 and leaving a recorded message as needed to receive registration refunds. Refunds, less a $25.00 administration fee, will be made for all cancellations received at least 48-hours prior to the course date. Cancellations made after that time, or no-shows, will forfeit all registration fees and no refund will be issued.