COVID-19 Update

Posted on March 18th, 2020
The Gilmore Car Museum is TEMPORARILY CLOSED in accordance with Michigan Governor Whitmer’s “STAY AT HOME” Order issued on 3/23/2020 in support of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Gilmore Car Museum is committed to the health and safety of everyone who visits—our guests, volunteers and

Gilmore To Add Some Muscle… Cars That Is.

Posted on November 12th, 2019
Our Dealership Row will be
Getting a New Neighbor!
The Gilmore Car Museum has announced that they will be adding some muscle to their 90-acre campus. Ground breaking is planned for Summer 2020 with the new building slated to open in 2021.  LEARN MORE HERE!…


Posted on November 12th, 2019
‘Women Who Motor’ on display at the Gilmore Car Museum through July 2020 By Larry Edsell, Editor CLASSICCARS.COM “Historically, the automobile has been considered to be of more interest and import to men with the notion that women were unsuited for or uninterested in automobiles,” an exhibit at the Gilmore Car Museum informs.…

There’s a Touch of Tomorrow in That Car!

Posted on November 12th, 2019
The Gilmore Car Museum has opened an all -new special exhibit on an innovative, let little known car company — The Cole Motor Car Company from Indianapolis, IN. Cole Motor Car Company: From High Wheeler to the Classic Era These high quality and technically advanced luxury motor cars were built from 1909 – 1925 yet introduced many firsts in the auto industry.…

RED BARNS SPECTACULAR –one of West Michigan’s oldest and largest premiere car shows Aug. 3rd

Posted on July 19th, 2019
The Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club (KAARC) is pleased to present the 39th Annual “Red-Barns Spectacular” car show! Join thousands of other local classic car enthusiasts as they fill the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 from 7:00AM- 4:00PM. Participants are treated to hundreds of privately owned local classic cars on display on the museum’s show fields in addition to the Gilmore’s beautiful historic barns full of classic cars, all surrounded by pristine rural countryside on M-43, just north of Gull Lake.…

Museum Awarded Grant From Michigan Humanities

Posted on June 24th, 2019
LANSING, MI — Michigan Humanities announces $203,101 in grants to 16 Michigan organizations in support of public humanities programming. The Gilmore Car Museum was awarded $3,850 for the educational program titled Birth of the Automobile: Horse-drawn Buggy to Horseless Carriage.  1909 Holsman in the Museum’s collection The educational department will work with a  small team of participants, both on site and at select schools, to transform a horse-drawn buggy into a gasoline-powered horseless carriage which resembles a 1909 Holsman High Wheel motor buggy.…

Ultimate Truck Show

Posted on June 18th, 2019
Trucks of all kinds: Vintage, Military, Special Interest and Custom Trucks as well as all Emergency Vehicles are welcome at the Gilmore Car Museum’s Ultimate Truck Show and Swap Meet to be held on Saturday, June 22nd. The one-day family event runs from 9am to 4pm and is open to all Trucks including pickups, commercial trucks, fire trucks, and semi tractors—thus the name Ultimate Truck show.…

Plenty To Enjoy With Dad At Our Father’s Day Feature!

Posted on May 24th, 2019
Make memories with Dad as he enjoys these great events! Click on the event to learn more.
  • RIDE THE CLASSICS – by donation
  • BOOK SIGNING – Art, Architecture & the Automobile by David Lyon
  • DIVING DEEPER in the Cole Exhibit by Kevin Fleck, Cole historian and owner. Kevin will be available to give a deeper look, opening the hoods, and sharing the history of these fascinating autos spanning 1909-1925.


Posted on April 26th, 2019
 The Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show and Swap Meet 
Saturday May 18th 
Hickory Corners, MI – The Gilmore Pre-1942 Showcase Car Show and Swap Meet on Saturday May 18th is not your “typical” car event. It’s actually authentic “time travel” back to the early days of motoring.…

Cole Gathering to be Largest in History

Posted on April 25th, 2019
Rare Cole Motor Cars Gather at the Gilmore
Pre-1942 Showcase
By Kevin Fleck
   JJ Cole and his family in a 1909 Cole High Wheeler. The only known example is registered for the event!                              Seeing one Cole at a car show is rare, seeing two Coles at the same car show is unheard of, and seeing more than five at the same car show has not happened in many decades. …