Walk right up to automotive history at the Gilmore Car Museum as you browse through our collections and exhibit after exhibit of incredible vehicles, in a most memorable setting.
If you take them all in, you’ll see nearly 400 vehicles, and the range of brands and models is breathtaking—everything from Model As to Cadillacs, Pierce-Arrows to Duesenbergs, Studebaker to Chevrolet, and more. We also have exhibits that capture the best of each automotive era—cars from the Nickel and Brass Eras to the Classics and Post-War, plus favorites from the ’50s and ’60s. And, don’t forget about about the amazing limited-engagement special exhibits of long-forgotten brands such as the Hudson, mid-century muscle cars, and a wide range of automotive classics.
Dazzling artwork is on display throughout the Museum, including stunning paintings of famous automotive advertisements by the late Art Fitzpatrick, beautiful watercolor renditions by Roland L. Stickney, and a 1983 Limited Edition Stanley Wanlass bronze sculpture, “Passing of the Horse,” greets visitors as they enter the Automotive Heritage Center.
This restored, historic roadside diner was rescued from Meriden, CT and has served thousands of guests here at the Gilmore Car Museum since 2004. Sit in a booth or at the vintage diner counter and have a slice of homemade pie or enjoy some delicious hand-dipped Plainwell Ice Cream under the shade of a nearby tree. Open seasonally, please join us at the Heritage Café December-March.
From a beautiful recreation of a 1918 dealership for the Franklin, America’s most successful air-cooled automobile, to precisely detailed vintage Ford, Lincoln and Cadillac dealerships, we’ll take you back in time—all the way to the service bays of a bygone era. Open Year-Round
From iconic trademarks to custom-designs for drivers in a bygone era, you’ll find thousands of mascots at the Gilmore Car Museum, home to one of North America’s largest collections. Exhibit Open seasonally, April-November Learn More
An authentic re-creation of a Shell Service Station, complete with a vast display of memorabilia from the days when gas was only 18 cents a gallon! Inside, you will find a vast display of Shell memorabilia, gas pump globes, and public restrooms. Open seasonally, April-November Learn More
Inside the Automotive Heritage Center Research Library you’ll find a collection of over half a million items from motoring magazines to shop manuals, owner’s manuals, parts books, service bulletins, sales brochures, general reference works and club publications. There’s even an exceptional archive of automotive advertising materials, all available for public viewing. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm Learn More
From Disney Magic to vintage toys and pedal cars, there’s something in this exhibit for every kid and all the kids at heart. And, only at the Gilmore Car Museum can you see the only movie set to ever leave Walt Disney Studios – the one-of-a-kind studio set and car from the 1967 Walt Disney film, THE GNOME-MOBILE. Exhibit Open seasonally, April-November Learn More
While we are the Gilmore Car Museum, the collection boasts more than cars! The Museum’s Motorcycle Gallery features rare examples of bikes from the past, including a 1947 Indian Chief, a rare 1910 Cleveland, and the 1952 Triumph Trophy TR5 ridden by the famous Fonz on the 1970’s sitcom, “Happy Days.” Exhibit Open seasonally, April-November
Gilmore Car Museum is a public, 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution, dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American automobile.© 2017 Gilmore Car Museum • All Rights Reserved • Produced by Gaslight Media