Gilmore Car Museum’s Schedule of Events

Aug
25
Sat
CANCELLED Ride the Classics – August 25th
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
CANCELLED Ride the Classics - August 25th @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

 

We have a fun program for museum visitors today! “Ride the Classics” will give visitors the opportunity to take a ride in cars right out of the museum’s collection! Additional dates in July and August are available, be sure to visit our full events calendar to check them out!

Tickets for “Ride the Classics” can not be purchased in advanced and will only be available for purchase at the museum admission’s counter from 9am-12:30pm on the day of the program. After purchasing tickets, riders must sign up for the vehicle(s) of their choice and 15 minute time slot for their ride, which must take place between 10am-12:45pm.

Ticket pricing is in addition to general admission and will be as follows:
Individual Ticket / Choose One Car – $10.00
Group of Four or Less / Choose One Car – $15.00
Group of Four of Less / Choose Four Cars – $35.00

 

Aug
26
Sun
Pierce-Arrow Gathering at Gilmore
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pierce-Arrow Gathering at Gilmore @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Enjoy the company of the Pierce-Arrow Society as they celebrate their  15th annual Pierce-Arrow Gathering at Gilmore, held August 24-26, 2018 with their annual Showing at the Museum on Sunday, August 26. This special day will draw Pierce-Arrow Society members and and their Pierce-Arrows, America’s Premier Luxury cars built in Buffalo, NY between 1901-1938. For more information please visit www.pierce-arrowmuseum.org or call Dave Stevens at (231) 740-6610.

Regular Admission Rates Apply:
$15/adults
$10/children ages 7-17
Free/children ages 6 and under

Exhibitor Admission: Show field open to Pierce-Arrow Society Members ONLY

Aug
29
Wed
Ride the Classics – August 29th
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ride the Classics - August 29th @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

We have a fun program for museum visitors today! “Ride the Classics” will give visitors the opportunity to take a ride in cars right out of the museum’s collection! Additional dates in July and August are available, be sure to visit our full events calendar to check them out!

Tickets for “Ride the Classics” can not be purchased in advanced and will only be available for purchase at the museum admission’s counter from 9am-12:30pm on the day of the program. After purchasing tickets, riders must sign up for the vehicle(s) of their choice and 15 minute time slot for their ride, which must take place between 10am-12:45pm.

Ticket pricing is in addition to general admission and will be as follows:
Individual Ticket / Choose One Car – $10.00
Group of Four or Less / Choose One Car – $15.00
Group of Four of Less / Choose Four Cars – $35.00

Sep
9
Sun
Muscle Cars PLUS Show & Swap Meet
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 24th annual Muscle Cars PLUS Show & Swap Meet at the Gilmore Car Museum will be West Michigan’s largest gathering of Muscle Cars, featuring hundreds of special interest vehicles! For more information or to register your car for the show, please contact the Gary Trama with the West Michigan Muscle Car Club at (269)345-2202 or by emailing gtowner69@aol.com.

Spectator Admission: $14.00/person, children 11 and under free
Show Car Admission: $20.00/car, includes admission for 2 people
Vendor Spaces: $20.00/space, includes admission for 2 people

Click here to download the 2018 Muscle Car Show Flyer!

More Information About the Show:

  • 2018 Feature: 1962-75 Mopar B-Body AND 1955-71 Chrysler 300
  • Class Structured Parking — this means NO, you can’t park with your car club or buddies out of class
  • Open to all classic cars, admission includes entry to the Gilmore Car Museum exhibit buildings
  • No canopies on the show field
  • Swap Meet Vendors — No tarps, metal signs, or car hoods on the grass!
  • Show officially starts at 9:00am — no exhibitor admittance until 8:00am
  • Dash plaques will be given to the first 200 show cars
  • Over 50 tropies will be awarded, Awards Ceremony will be held at 3:00pm
  • DJ all day long
  • Door Prizes
  • A large portion of all proceeds collected by the West Michigan Muscle Car Club from Exhibitors and Vendors will go to charities including Hospice of Southwest Michigan and the American Veterans Association
Sep
12
Wed
Artist’s Talk: The League of Retired Automotive Designers
Sep 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The League of Retired Automotive Designers “Spirit of Innovation”

A special exhibit has been featured at the Gilmore Car Museum this summer highlighting the spirit of innovation that has been part of the automotive industry since its inception, and the League of Retired Automotive Designers keeps that spirit alive. As an informal group of mostly retired automobile designers, their ability has been honed by years of experience. They have the creativity, passion, enthusiasm, energy, and ambition to design “new” cars and trucks, simply for the fun of it. Nearly 50 works of iconic “designers of dream cars” are featured in this special exhibit, and their original concept car art representing long-retired marques as well as automotive fantasies that are not tied-down to marketing and production constraints.

Meet the designers behind these incredible works, hear how the League challenges themselves to keep designing every year, and interact with the artist panel during this amazing session!

The event will take place in the museum’s Heritage Center Banquet Room, followed by the opportunity to walk through the “Spirit of Innovation” gallery with the artists following their talk and Q&A session.

Exhibit displayed May 1st – September 30th.

Sep
15
Sat
Ford Model A Day at the Gilmore Car Museum
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Ford Model A Day at the Gilmore Car Museum @ Gilmore Car Museum / Model A Ford Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum is the proud home of the Model A Ford Museum, the world’s largest museum dedicated solely to the Model A! On Saturday, September 15th, hop in your Model A and head out to the Gilmore Car Museum for the 8th annual Ford Model A Day and celebrate the heritage of a trusty American car with friends and family.

Special events and activities will be held throughout the day including a swap meet, a Model A Hall of Fame induction, special seminars, and more! Bring your Model A or come as a spectator, this show and swap meet will be sure to please as hundreds of Model As gather in Hickory Corners, Michigan on the Gilmore’s Historic Campus.

Spectator Admission: $14.00/person, children 11 and under free
Exhibitor Admission: $10.00/person arriving in Model As (show cars must be on the field by 11am)
Vendor Admission: $30.00/swap meet space (no pre-registration, set up Friday 12-5pm or Saturday beginning at 8am)

All spectator and show admission proceeds benefit the Model A Ford Foundation, Inc. For more information, please visit www.MAFFI.org.

Sep
22
Sat
Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!
Sep 22 all-day
Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Live! @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Museum Day Live!

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Gilmore Car Museum has been a participating institution in this event for 5 consecutive years.

Tickets are available for the public to download here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018/gilmore-car-museum/tickets/

Please visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018/ for more information and to see other participating locations.


When is Museum Day?
Saturday, September 22, 2018

How do I find out if a museum in my area is participating?
Visit Find a Museum to locate participating museums near you. Use the search features to locate museums by museum name, museum location and/or museum type.

How do I get free admission?
Tickets will be available to download beginning at midnight on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. At that time, a link to “Get a Ticket” will appear on the top menu bar. Find the museum you want to visit and click “Get a Ticket” next to the museum name or within each museum profile.
Enter your name and email address. Once you confirm your selection, your ticket will appear on the next screen and be emailed to you. Check your inbox for an email from info@noreply.smithsonianmag.com with a link to your ticket. Don’t forget to save it!

Does everyone get free admission?
To get free admission, guests must present an official Museum Day ticket. This ticket provides general admission for ticket holder plus one guest (not valid for special exhibits, parking, IMAX film screening or any other offer).

Can I bring my whole family to Museum Day?
Each ticket provides general admission for ticket holder plus one guest. If you go to Museum Day with more than one guest, other guests will have to pay full admission.

Can I download a ticket for more than one museum?
You may download one (1) ticket per email address. Choose wisely! There are no takebacks, once you select a museum, you will not be able to change your selection.

Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum & Research Center Fall Festival
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum & Research Center Fall Festival @ Gilmore Car Museum / Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum‘s 10th annual Fall Festival at the Gilmore Car Museum will draw Cadillac and LaSalle owners and enthusiasts from across the country!

The Cadillac Fall Festival is your opportunity to see Cadillacs from the beginning in 1903 to 2008. Long revered for its technical excellence, Cadillac was the ultimate symbol of success – from the pre-war classic V-12s and V-16s to the flashy flamboyant designs of the 1950s and 1960s to those of the modern Art & Science design philosophy. There will also be remarkably well-preserved originals from the decades of models and modified Cadillacs representing the owners’ unique vision of Cadillac style. ​

Schedule of Events
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Gilmore Car Museum exhibits open for touring, included with admission
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Collector car rides in vintage Cadillacs
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Concours judging of show vehicles (must be pre-registered)
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Midwest Miniatures Museum Tour
​3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Presentation of Awards in Drive-by Ceremony at the Cadillac Museum

Admission Rates
Spectator Admission: $14.00/person, children 11 and under free
Exhibitor Admission: Club membership not required for show vehicle entry, but all entries MUST be pre-registered by September 8th. Day-of entry for show vehicles will not be permitted. To register a show car for the Cadillac Fall Festival and purchase tickets for one or more of the associated events hosted by the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum, please download and complete the required forms HERE.

All proceeds and admission funds collected on September 22nd and 23rd will benefit the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center Foundation. 

*Gilmore Car Museum memberships are NOT valid for exhibitor/vendor admission*

Sep
27
Thu
Model T Driving School – September 27th
Sep 27 all-day
Model T Driving School - September 27th @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

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

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Morning Session, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

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 administration office (M-F 8am-5pm) 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.

Oct
13
Sat
Cars, Barns, and Blues
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cruise out to the Gilmore Car Museum for an all-new event, Cars, Barns, and Blues! A fun evening for the entire family, cruise-in style parking for collector cars will begin at 5pm and Chicago blues band BIG DOG MERCER will be performing LIVE from 6:30-9pm! Food will be available for purchase from the Blue Moon Diner and NEDs Boogie BBQ and a cash bar will be serving up a selection of beer and wine, including some fall favorites!

Pre-order tickets are no longer available (closed Oct 5th at 5pm). Tickets can still be purchased the night of the event for $12/person beginning at 5pm on October 13th.

THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSING AT 5PM. Please note that memberships are not valid for museum fundraising events. Tickets are non-refundable, as this is an annual fundraiser in support of the Museum’s 501c3 non-profit status. Event will take place rain or shine.

Questions? Please contact our Director of Special Events Paula Bork at 269-953-9017 or by emailing events@gilmorecarmuseum.org.