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Gilmore Car Museum

Central, Michigan

The Gilmore Car Museum is North America’s Largest Auto Museum — over 300 cars on display, nearly 190,000 sq. ft. of Exhibit space, a 90-acre historic campus, and much more.

The Gilmore Car Museum started in the early 1960s when Donald S. Gilmore began collecting vintage automobiles. Some of the first vehicles in his collection included a 1927 Ford Model T, a 1913 Rolls Royce, and a 1920 Pierce-Arrow. Restoring that classic Pierce-Arrow at his home on nearby Gull Lake ignited a passion. Over the years that followed Donald continued collecting some of the world’s most renowned automobiles.

To accommodate his collection he acquired 90 acres of land in southwestern Michigan in a small town known as Hickory Corners. It was his wife Genevieve who had the idea of turning the collection into a museum, providing future generations access to Donald’s one-of-a-kind collection. They established a non-profit foundation and opened the museum to the public for the first time on Sunday, July 31, 1966.

Today, the Gilmore Car Museum is North America’s largest auto museum with over 400 vehicles on display and over 190,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Museum’s 90-acre Historic Campus features numerous vintage structures including a restored and fully-functioning 1941 Silk City Diner, a recreated 1930s Shell Station, six onsite Partner Museums, and so much more.

Partner Museums

Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum
Classic Car Club of America Museum
H.H. Franklin Club Museum
Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum
Model A Ford Museum
Museum of the Horseless Carriage
Pierce-Arrow Museum

6865 W Hickory Rd
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Email: cshires@gilmorecarmuseum.org

Gilmore Car Museum Admission:

    Admission Rates ($2 off per ticket January – March)
    Admission includes access to shows and all museum buildings and exhibits. Parking is free.

    Adults / Seniors: $20
    Veterans (Must present ID. Sold onsite only.): $18
    Youth (ages 11–17): $12
    Children (10 and under): FREE
    Active Military (must present ID): FREE
    Adult Consecutive Two-Day Pass $36
    Youth Consecutive Two-Day Pass $20

    Plan: 3 – 4hr

    Gilmore Car Museum Hours:

    • Summer Season (Apr 1–Nov 30)
      Monday–Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
      Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
    • Winter Season (Dec 1–Mar 31)
      Daily: 10:00am to 5:00pm


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