We Have The Collections That Make Your Trip Hum With Memories.

At the Gilmore Car Museum, you’ll stroll through a beautiful campus and walk right up to automotive history. Join people from across the country as you browse through our collections—exhibit after exhibit of incredible vehicles, in a memorable setting.

 Featured Cars

  • 1899 Locomobile - The first new car in Kalamazoo. At the time, this horseless carriage was considered a toy for the rich—at best, a passing fad. But by 1902, the steam-powered Locomobile had earned widespread acceptance and was becoming one of the most popular automobiles in America.
  • 1974 A.J. Foyt Indy 500 - The first four-time Indy 500 winner. In 1977, legendary race-driver A. J. Foyt became the first person in history to win the famed Indianapolis 500 four times (1961, 1964, and 1967 were the other wins). Sponsored from 1973 to 1985 by Gilmore Racing, which was operated by Kalamazoo businessman Jim Gilmore (nephew of museum founder Donald Gilmore), Foyt drove a car identical to this one in that ’77 race.
  • 1929 Duesenberg J-111 Dual Cowl Phaeton - This is a real Duesy. The price proves it. Duesenberg’s were the automobiles of the ultra-wealthy. And this Dual Cowl Phaeton with custom coachwork by LeBaron, is a perfect example. In 1929, it cost about $20,000.00—the equivalent of about 40 new Model A Fords. Built for the 1929 New York and Los Angeles Auto Shows, it later became a company demonstrator for the Hollywood elite.
  • 1934 Ford Woodie Wagon - Built with rare wood from Michigan’s Upper Penninsula—namely, birdseye maple, harvested from Ford Motor Company’s Iron Mountain forest facility. Henry Ford would not allow the use of such wood until there was enough to complete a vehicle. So production of these wagons was limited and Henry personally selected the dealers who would receive them.
  • 1948 Tucker '48 Sedan - “The Car of Tomorrow—Here Today!” Powered by a rear-mounted helicopter engine, the Tucker boasted many innovative safety features, including the first pop-out safety windshield, the first padded dash, and a center headlight that turned to light around corners. It was ahead of its time and gone before its time.
  • 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 Fastback - If you follow the Ford Mustang collector world, then you may have heard about the 1965 Mustang first owned by famed Detroit rock-and-roll artist Bob Seger. Longtime muscle car collectors Dave and Kaye Persell of Charlotte, Michigan, now own this piece of Detroit history, and have graciously loaned the car to the Gilmore Car Museum. In addition to once being owned by a Detroit legend, the car has been credited by Ford Motor Company as the lowest documented mileage Mustang built in 1965, now resting at a mere 7,291 miles.

 

If you take them all in you’ll see nearly 400 vehicles and the range of brands and models is breathtaking—everything from Model As to Cadillacs, Pierce-Arrows to Duesenbergs, and Studebaker to Chevrolet. We also have exhibits that capture the best of each automotive era—cars from the Nickel and Brass Eras to the Classics to Post-War and more. Plus, we have special exhibits of long-forgotten brands and of a wide range of automotive classics.

Don’t miss our growing number of on-site Partner Museums!

We know our name says “car,” but we make some beautiful exceptions.
The collections include more than just great automobiles. We have a back-to-your-childhood collection of pedal cars, plus one of America’s finest displays of automotive mascots and name badges. Oh, and vintage motorcycles.

All this, plus a facility that transforms a simple visit into a memorable stay.
Your visit to the Gilmore Car Museum begins with a stop at our Automotive Heritage Center. This beautiful facility is home to our main exhibit galleries, research library, museum store, café, and theater.