Impact The Future Of History


The Gilmore Car Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and therefore does not purchase vehicles or artifacts for display. As a museum, we rely solely on the generosity of donors and lenders who give us vehicles, contextual artifacts, library and archive items, or provide funds toward our operations, education, and collection maintenance.

To maintain the integrity of our collections, the Gilmore Car Museum has a Collections Review Committee. That committee consists of dedicated people who carefully evaluate each proposed item and review its overall condition, rarity, degree and quality of restoration, originality, authenticity, history, and provenance. They meet once each month to review all offers and ask the following questions of each item:

  • How does the item fit the museum’s mission?
  • What is the current or future exhibit potential?
  • Does it have any unique or rare features?
  • What story does it tell?

If you wish to loan us a vehicle for display in the Gilmore Car Museum, typical loan agreements are for a minimum of two years. Click here to view a SAMPLE loan document, including terms and conditions.

If you are interested in donating your vehicle or transportation related artifact to the Gilmore Car Museum, you may be able to claim the fair market value of your non-cash donation to the museum as a tax deduction. Please consult your tax adviser or click here learn more about Fair Market Value. While the Gilmore Car Museum is unable to provide an appraisal for any vehicles that are offered to us, we recommend having the vehicle or artifact appraised for insurance and tax purposes.

To have your artifact or vehicle considered for loan or donation to the Gilmore Car Museum, please fill out one of the following applications:


Vehicle Application          Artifact Application

Questions? Please contact:
Brittany Williams, Collections Registrar
6865 W Hickory Rd, Hickory Corners, MI 49060 / 296-671-5089, ext. 17