Posted on August 29th, 2018

Gilmore Car Museum Receives $115,000 Grant from Margaret Dunning Foundation


Museum receives $115,000 grant from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support youth-centered exhibits

The Gilmore Car Museum has grown to be North America’s largest automobile museum with 90 acres and over 189,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan has received a grant of $115,000 from the Margaret Dunning Foundation to support youth-centered exhibits.

The funding will be used to design and fabricate a new exhibit pathway located throughout the Museum. Five new interactive exhibits will employ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) core concepts with the goal of developing the next generation of car enthusiast. The new exhibits will merge history and science to help young visitors learn about the evolution and social impact of the automobile.

The Dunning Foundation Grant team will consist of leadership from the Gilmore Car Museum, Good Design Group, and Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency. From left to right: Chris Shires (Executive Director, GCM), Mary Burke (Science Specialist and Curriculum Consultant, KRESA), John Metcalf (GDG), Stacie Longwell Sadowski (Development Manager, GCM), Brittany Williams (Collections Manager, GCM), Jennifer Beyer (GDG), and Fred Colgren (Education Director, GCM)

“We are excited and extremely grateful to have received this grant from … Read More

Posted on July 3rd, 2018

‘Vettes on View at the Gilmore Car Museum, July 22nd

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan has announced a new event for its 2018 car show season that is sure to get engines revving into Michigan from across the Midwest. The museum will open their 90-acre historic campus for their very first All-Years Corvette Show and Swap Meet on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Show your Corvette – any year – for $20 (includes driver and passenger admission). Admission will be $14 per person for the public, children 11 and under and Gilmore Car Museum members as spectators are free of charge. All admission includes access to the museum’s 90-acre historic campus and over 24 different buildings and galleries of automobile displays.

“We are the nation’s largest car museum and on July 22nd we’ll be featuring one of the nation’s favorite sportscar,” said Chris Shires, Executive Director of the Gilmore Car Museum.

The Gilmore Car Museum currently features over 18 unique car shows and club meets, plus a weekly Wednesday night Cruise-Ins throughout the summer. The Corvette Show, the first show of its kind for the museum, has show organizers anticipating a large turnout both on the show field and in numbers of spectators.

“We are very excited … Read More

Posted on June 12th, 2018

2018 Vintage Motorcycle Show Winners Announced

While the threat of rain attempted to put a damper on the Gilmore Car Museum’s 23rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Weekend, die hard spectators and vintage motorcycle owners made the most of the museum’s first two-day motorcycle event. 

Special thanks to our 23rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Weekend sponsors:
Zeigler Motorsports
Battle Creek Harley Davidson
BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids
NAPA of Delton
Dirty Boyz Motorcycles
Custom Connection
Discover Kalamazoo
Crown Advertising
and Klinger Trailers

On Saturday, the Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet area open a day early than years previous, giving vendors and spectators alike the opportunity to shop leathers, products, and bike parts all weekend. Nearly two dozen dedicated riders braved the torrential bouts of rain on Saturday to participate in the 10th annual Vintage Motorcycle Ride through scenic Barry County for a chance to add an additional 5 points to their exhibitor-judged scores for Sunday’s show. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Master’s Class winners, Joe Blaha (R) and Graham Cousens (L). (not pictured, Randall Stroup)

Sunday’s 23rd annual Vintage Motorcycle Show brought exhibitors from as far as Minnesota, Ohio, and Illinois to the show field. Over 160 bikes 25 years and older – and nearly two dozen 35 years … Read More

Posted on June 4th, 2018

Motorcycles Overtake Gilmore Car Museum June 9-10th

Hickory Corners, MI – Written by Jay Follis, Director of Marketing

The Gilmore Car Museum, well known for its world class collection of nearly 400 historic automobiles and as North America’s largest auto museum, will shift its focus entirely to motorcycles on Saturday June 9th and Sunday, June 10th.

What makes this year stand out is that it marks the very first time the popular annual event has grown to encompass two days by extending the Swap Meet into Saturday. The Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet held at the Museum has been considered one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest for several years.

“Over the last several years this event has just been busting at the seams,” stated Chris Shires, Museum Executive Director.

Hobbyists have indicated they wished they had more time to search out that elusive restoration part in the swap meet and take in the ever-growing show field of vintage cycles.

The Saturday Vintage Motorcycle ride originated a few years previous with just a handful of owners wanting to explore the back-country roads near the Museum on their vintage bikes.  Last year, however, they saw nearly 150 cycles join in.

“We knew … Read More

Posted on June 1st, 2018

Best-selling novelist Clive Cussler Grand Marshal at Museum Event


Hickory Corners, MI – Written by Jay Follis, Director of Marketing

Best-selling novelist Clive Cussler will be at the Gilmore Car Museum this weekend as Grand Marshal of the Classic Car Club of America Museum’s Experience Concours car show.

The Classic Car Club of America, dedicated to fine or unusual motor cars which were built between 1925 to 1948, established their museum on the Gilmore campus in 1985.

The annual Experience Concours takes place this Sunday June 3, 2018 and draws some of the nation’s highest award-winning automobiles, including such makes as Auburn, Bentley, and Packard. Also featured at this year’s event will be Cadillac and LaSalle autos built between 1915 – 1965.

Carol Vogt, Director of the CCCA Museum at the Gilmore pointed out that one of the cars on display will be a very impressive 1931 Cadillac V-16 auto owned by Grand Marshal Clive Cussler.

“We are thrilled to have this incredible author and fellow car collector joining us as our Grand Marshal this weekend” she continued.

Cussler is the author of more than 70 books and has reached the New York Times Best Sellers List over 20 … Read More

Posted on May 9th, 2018

Extraordinary Opportunities to “Time Travel” at the Gilmore Car Museum on May 19th

Written by Jay Follis, Director of Marketing

The Gilmore Car Museum, near Kalamazoo, MI puts more than a hundred pre-WWII vehicles in motion during its annual Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show held on Saturday, May 19th.

The show is dedicated to all motor vehicles built in 1942 and earlier representing both the first fifty years of the automobile as well as cars that established the Gilmore Car Museum collection when it opened to the public in 1966.

This show is NOT your typical car show and is not like any of the other 18 car shows held at the Museum each summer!

With the growing popularity of TV shows and movies featuring time travel, such as Doctor Who, Timeless, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to name a few, spending the day on the Gilmore Car Museum’s historic campus during Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase is an opportunity to see “AUTHENTIC TIME TRAVEL”!

At the Pre-1942 Showcase you’ll enjoy seeing several unique cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles from the earliest days of motorized transportation. What makes this event unique is that rather than remaining static in one parking spot all day, most of the vehicles at this show will … Read More

Posted on May 9th, 2018

Members of Six Local Attractions Share Membership Benefits in May

Six area attractions offer FREE ADMISSION during the month of May to each other’s members.

“By partnering in the Cultural Exchange,” says Christopher Shires, Executive Director of the Gilmore Car Museum, “we all feel that we can make each organization more accessible to a broader segment of our community.”

The Air Zoo, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are once again partnering for a fifth year as part of the Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange.

New this year, the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Bird Sanctuary and Manor House will also be joining the Membership Exchange.

Guests presenting a membership card from any of these organizations can enjoy FREE admission at all participating locations May 1–31. Participating families who use the passport card and visit all six attractions will be entered to win a set of annual memberships to each organization. Cards are available at all participating locations. 

Activities throughout the month of May at participating organizations will include:

Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science museum with more than 100 rare air & space craft, interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, a state-or-the-art theater, full-motion flight simulators, science-based classes & … Read More

Posted on April 5th, 2018

First Four Time INDY 500 Winner and His West Michigan Connections Featured in New Special Exhibit

In celebration of the 102nd running of the famed Indy 500 the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, Michigan has announced a special exhibit honoring auto racing icon A.J. Foyt, opening on April 14, 2018. 

A.J. Foyt: A Legendary Exhibition,” which originally debuted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum last year, will arrive at the Gilmore Car Museum with a twist­­­—it will feature West Michigan’s connections to the race and the iconic driver.

“We are proud to honor this incredible racing legend with ties to our local community,” stated Christopher Shires, Executive Director of the Gilmore Car Museum, “with an exhibit celebrating one of the most diverse and successful careers in auto racing history.” 

Kalamazoo-based Jim Gilmore Enterprises sponsored the team in 1977 when Foyt became the first driver to ever win the Indianapolis 500 four times.

Jim Gilmore, Jr., the nephew of Museum founders Donald and Genevieve Gilmore, was once Mayor of Kalamazoo and owner of several TV / radio stations and automotive dealerships throughout the country. Local residents will surely recall seeing the signature orange #14 Indy race car hanging from the ceiling of Gilmore’s downtown Cadillac dealership.

Gilmore sponsored his first Indy race team in 1967 … Read More

Posted on February 14th, 2018

Gilmore Car Museum Holds First Job Fair February 24th

Gilmore Car Museum Holding First Job Fair

Hickory Corners, MI –

Are you looking for a seasonal* part-time job? The Gilmore Car Museum is hiring!

The Gilmore Car Museum, North America’s Largest Auto Museum, is just north of Gull Lake and will be holding its first open house-style Job Fair on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Those attending will learn more about the Museum, its various open positions, and interview with hiring managers from different departments.

The Museum is currently looking for enthusiastic and motivated candidates to join their team in positions including:
– Food Service Staff (for their authentic 1941 diner, café, and special events)
– Gallery Attendants
– Grounds Operations
– Admissions
– Bartending (must be 18 or older)

All attendees are asked to bring a copy of their resume (if available) and be prepared for a short on-site interview for the positions of their choice. Attendees may interview for multiple positions.

Interested in volunteering? Volunteer opportunities and applications will also be available.

The historic 90-acres Gilmore Car Museum campus is located between Richland and Delton at 6865 W. Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. It displays nearly 400 vehicles year-round, presents several … Read More

Posted on January 22nd, 2018

Popular “Pint with the Past” Returns February 17th


If you’re like most people you may have cabin fever, be yearning for spring, or looking for something fun and unique to do in honor of Valentine’s Day. One very popular annual event that is certain to help any of these is “Pint with the Past” at the Gilmore Car Museum. It’s a Michigan craft beer tasting event and Museum fundraiser held on location in Hickory Corners, northeast of Kalamazoo.

DRAFT Magazine recently listed the Gilmore Car Museum’s annual “Pint with the Past” – held at North America’s Largest Auto Museum – as one of the top 101 best “bucket list” beer experiences in the world.

At this year’s event guests will stroll among special exhibits showcasing muscle cars of the 1960s and ’70s, past a pair of ultra-rare Mercedes, and beside vintage trucks as ten Michigan breweries host tasting stations mixed throughout the exhibit galleries and amid the cars.

Those attending “Pint with the Past” will have the opportunity to sample craft brews, delight in a variety of hors d’oeuvres, and enjoy easy listening music of guitarist Jack Dastoli as well as the improv style of 1950s through today’s music of the popular band Strum, Dumb and … Read More