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

Posted on April 5th, 2018
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.…

Gilmore Car Museum Holds First Job Fair February 24th

Posted on February 14th, 2018
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.…

Popular “Pint with the Past” Returns February 17th

Posted on January 22nd, 2018
  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.…

Remembering #MLK at the Ford Pavilion Magic Skyway

Posted on January 15th, 2018
As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  we’re taking a look back at the King family’s visit to the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The Civil Rights leader rode Ford’s Magic Skyway at the New York World’s Fair on a trip with his family in 1964. His wife and two other children followed in the next electronically controlled car.…

Museum’s 5th annual Speaker Series Highlights Variety of Topics

Posted on January 11th, 2018
Did you know that Henry Ford had experimented with what many consider an “oddball” X-8 engine layout to replace the simple 4-cylinder Model T? Or that Walt Disney had a connection to Kalamazoo and the early development of the Gilmore Car Museum? Have you ever heard or even experienced some of the surprising yet true tales surrounding the muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s?…

Dec 4-10 ONLY! Glimpse UNDER THE HOOD of MUSCLE CARS

Posted on November 30th, 2017
Looks are often very deceiving. During the mid-1960s a “Plain Jane” Pontiac may have looked more like something your parents would drive or perhaps you assumed a low-optioned Dodge was nothing more than someone’s daily driver. “That was until they left you in their dust at the stoplight,” explained Gilmore Car Museum spokesperson Jay Follis, “or until you got a glimpse under the hood!” That is exactly what the Gilmore Car Museum’s special yearlong exhibit, “Born to Perform – The Era of the Muscle Car” offers along with its exclusive OPEN HOODS week running exclusively December 4 – 10, 2017.…

Ultra-Rare Mercedes-Benz Featured at Gilmore Car Museum thru April 2018

Posted on November 3rd, 2017
Two ultra-rare Mercedes-Benz automobiles, considered by many to be among the most valuable in existence, will be showcased through April 2018 at the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both vehicles are German-built Mercedes-Benz 540 K models. The 540 K was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1936 and featured a supercharged 8 cylinder that could easily propel it down the German Autobahn at speeds exceeding 100 mph.…

Gilmore Car Museum “Gears Up” for Back to School

Posted on September 5th, 2017
While many tourist destinations dread the end of summer and associate “back to school” with a season that’s wrapping up, the Gilmore Car Museum, near Kalamazoo, MI, embraces it by continuing to impact both students and communities throughout the state—and beyond. Student admission is free for all pre-arranged K – 12 school field trips to the Museum and educators are encouraged to schedule their outings as early as possible.  A group of highly motivated and creative Museum instructors combine automotive history and “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) benchmarks as the automobile has impacted all phases of culture.…

WEST MICHIGAN’S OLDEST AND LARGEST ANTIQUE CAR SHOW HELD AT GILMORE CAR MUSEUM AUGUST 5

Posted on August 1st, 2017
THE RED BARNS SPECTACULAR—the area’s oldest and largest antique, classic, and special interest car show and swap meet featuring vehicles of all eras from 1992 and earlier, takes place at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, August 5th. Celebrating its 37th year, the RED BARNS SPECTACULAR has been sponsored by the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club (KAARC) and the Gilmore Car Museum since 1980.   “This is the event that folks wait all summer for,” said KAARC show chairperson Jim Holland, “The name says it all, it really is spectacular!”  At last year’s event, over 1,500 collector cars and more than 300 swap meet vendors, descended on the Gilmore Car Museum for what has been dubbed the “Granddaddy” of all area car shows.  Multiple generations now take part in the RED BARNS SPECTACULAR, either as participants vying for one of the nearly 100 trophies to be awarded in either the Judged Show or in the Driver’s Choice Show or as spectators reliving and making memories.…

Mopar Event Showcases All Chrysler Powered Vehicles

Posted on August 1st, 2017
The resounding answer will be “YEAH, its got a Hemi!,” during the very popular MOPARS at the RED BARNS car show and swap meet that takes place at the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, July 29 from 9am to 3pm.  Presented by the West Michigan Mopar Club for its 29th year, this family-friendly car show and swap meet is the region’s largest event of its type.…