Wisconsin Auto Museum

Wisconsin Auto Museum, Hartford: Hours, Address, Wisconsin Auto Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Wisconsin Auto Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
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Duane B
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It was fun going back in time to the early 1900's.
Mar 2021
This museum is done to the period to perfection. With all the cars, to the advertising signs on the walls and the stories that was told about each car there. This is a must see for people that enjoy history and transportation.
Written March 24, 2021
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Kevin P
17 contributions
Worth a stop
Jul 2020
With the size of this museum, visiting is no issue in today's world. There are a lot of interesting cars here and the cars are in very good shape.
Written August 13, 2020
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TSP2014
Colleyville, TX241 contributions
What a Collection!
Jul 2020
Before visiting the museum I had never heard of Kissel cars. It was great to see cars built right there in Hartford. Most of the collection rotates often, so each time you go you can see different cars. The admission price is reasonable for the amount of cars that are on display. Everyone in my family thoroughly enjoyed viewing the collection. The bottom floor is older cars and upstairs are the modern models. We visited during the pandemic, so they weren't busy. This would be a great rainy day activity. If you even have a little interest in cars this is the place to visit.
Written July 6, 2020
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tarajean424
Colleyville, TX328 contributions
Worth the money!
Jul 2020
This museum is worth every penny of the admission fee. There are so many different automobiles to see. I would recommend to go early as this is a popular place to visit. Definitely plan on spending a couple of hours here to see everything. There is so much history packed into this one building and everything is nice,y displayed and maintained. I would recommend this to anyone. It’s fun and informative for all ages!
Written July 1, 2020
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Tim K
Slinger, WI18 contributions
Cool place!
May 2019 • Friends
My wife and had been in the building for a wedding in a adjoining area that left us a chance to go through the rest of the huge area and the auto museum.The place is cool with all the neat old things to see!
Written March 26, 2020
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Billy C
15 contributions
Outing with brother-in-law
Feb 2020
1st time visit for my brother-in-law. He really enjoyed it. Was impressed by the number of cars and how well most of them were taken care of. He was also impressed with the steam engine they have. The fact that it still runs was amazing. It was a great outing
Written February 12, 2020
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rrgeniusz
Cedarburg, WI264 contributions
Cars, Trains & Even a Plane
Jan 2020
While not a pristine white wall and track lighting museum, the Wisconsin Automobile Museum offers a comfortable large garage like setting to view a great collection of cars, especially those made in Wisconsin. However, the first thing most see in the museum is a reproduction of the 1949 Lionel Showroom layout that is a reproduction of the one once displayed in Lionel's NYC corporate offices. Thanks to a new technician named Steve, the layout now even contains many vintage trains and cars that one would have seen in 1949. The core of the automobile collection is the largest gathering of Kissel Kars. These beautiful nearly handmade cars were all manufactured in Hartford not far from the Museum. The museum has two floors with the older cars on the first floor and mostly postwar cars on the second floor. You can see the actual 3rd Rock from the Sun car as well as a Soo Line 2-8-8 Mikado, 3 railroad cars, a Comet that went over 500,000 miles and even an airplane. But that is not even all, there is a historical timeline of Wisconsin-made outboard motors, a dirt track racing hall of fame, Handmade wooden coach models, car models, and a nice collection of Wisconsin-made Nash/AMC automobiles. For older visitors, like me, there are plenty of benches on which to take a rest in the cavernous museum.
Written January 12, 2020
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Mark H
Fond du Lac, WI1,986 contributions
An interesting museum with the largest collection of Kissel Cars that were made in the city decade ago
Nov 2019
I've lived in the area for years, but never found time to swing by this small, well cutting rated museum.

The majority of. the collection is devoted to the Kissel, which was made in Hartford. Some cars are fully restored, some are completely un-restored. Both type are pretty cool. Lots of memorabilia as well.

The other big part of the collection focuses on Nash, Studebaker and American Motors which were produced in Kenosha for decades.

The second floor of the museum has a display dedicated to the short track racing hall of fame as well a handful of Corvettes, a Saab that was driven for more than one million miles and an enormous 1966 Cadillac that seats nine.

It's work 90-minute to two hours of your time if you're into cars.
Written November 17, 2019
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Tony T
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Gold Bug
Oct 2019 • Friends
The Kissel Gold Bug, most coveted car of the 1920's, was created in Hartford, Wisconsin. The museum includes an amazing number of beautiful classic automobiles. Come and explore the 2 stories of storied vehicles.
Written October 17, 2019
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Ann G
Wausau, WI522 contributions
This was interesting, even though I'm not a big antique car buff.
Sep 2019
It was a rainy day, so we stopped in to tour the museum and get out of the rain. It was quite interesting. They had a fairly big number of Kissel cars, which were actually made in Hartford, where the museum is. I had never heard of these, but they were a high end car in their hey day. There are supposedly less than 150 complete Kissel cars in existence, and they have quite a few on display. They also had many other cars that were produced in the same time period, such as Nash, Hudson, etc. There are two floors of vehicles on display, including some of the big 3 automaker cars including a mustang and some corvettes. They have cars they own and cars on loan. The cars on loan change from time to time. In addition, there were old gas pumps, outboard motors, an old teardrop camper, and more. The displays and informational signs were very nicely done. It is worth a stop to check this museum out.
Written September 9, 2019
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