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“Every time we go the museum is better than before.”
Review of Gilmore Car Museum

Gilmore Car Museum
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Owner description: The ever expanding Gilmore Car Museum, hailed as one of the Top Five car museums in the nation, features over nearly extraordinary cars and motorcycles from all eras. The Automotive Heritage Center (about 150 vehicles) is Open daily year-round. The outdoor park-like campus of historic buildings (including 1930s gas station, working 1940s diner and several exhibit sturctures)are open April - Novemember.Museum exhibits range from cars of the 1890s to the classic Duesenberg, the elusive 1948 Tucker, to the muscle cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Located just off M-43 at Hickory Road near Hickory Corners (20 minutes northeast of Kalamazoo, MI)
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The cars are beautiful. Since we were there last the Model A Ford Museum has opened. We were thrilled to find a car like my father's first car. In all of our travels we had only found one other 1931 Model A Victoria. There are cars of almost every make and model and they are beautifully restored. They are attractively displayed and the museum continues to add audio visual and interactive displays. I love the barns that were originally used to display the cars. The museum also contains a large display of pedal cars and hood ornaments. It is fun to eat at the Blue Moon Diner and our sandwiches were good. Whether you are a car enthusiast or not you will find something to interest you. You can easily spend half of a day and car enthusiasts will want to plan an entire day.

Thank TravelerDebbie53
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

This has it all from the start right up into the 70’s and 80’s most of the cars are from the 20s and 30’s and there are a lot of them, we spent 3 hours in amazement at the variety of cars and the condition of them, I have been to a lot of car shows and this is a collection of 200/300 first place winners, If you want a trip down memory lane or are young and want to see where it all started go!
also every Sat they have car shows on the lawn

Thank Fedman
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

gilmore is a little off the beaten path but worth the time. a very nice collection of some really cool cars. glad i went.

Thank dadstoy
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Beautiful setting in the Michigan countryside. Every structure in is great shape and well maintained. "Barns" of automobiles, a classic diner, and a replica vintage Shell station.

They have hundreds of beautiful cars that are first class. Some are in original condition and most are wonderfully restored. Many are rare and some are one of a kind.

More than cars on display; there is a lot of historical information to take in. Look up their web site and check into Model T driving school! The instructors are great. The cars are incredibly fun to drive.

Thank Greg L
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The Gilmore Car museum, despite kind of being in the middle of nowhere (sorry to anyone who lives in and loves the area) is well worth the drive--if you like old cars. That's the asterisk. As the name implies, if you have zero interest in really old cars you might find the place dull.

The place is more than a museum and borders on being a campus as exhibits are spread into different buildings that are reached by walking outside. The design, buildings, and exhibits are all first class. We went when it was hot, but getting around outside was no big deal. If it was raining or something, you'd want to have an umbrella.

So why only "very good" and not "excellent?" That's a fair question, and it was close call. It's kind of a tale of the tape.

HOT RODDING:
1) Beautiful buildings with plenty of space to roam.
2) The best collection of old cars I've seen outside of the Ford Museum
3) The cars they have are in incredible shape, with adequate information about each
4) The reproduced gas station and car dealerships were something you don't see every day
5) The price of admission was fair, with no parking costs
6) Varied collections, though all car related (of course)
7) Some nice corvettes!
8) Some oddball vehicles you wouldn't even know existed.
9) A room from of custom "hot rods"

FLAT TIRE:
1) Not the best for little kids...you cannot, of course, touch or get into the cars. There are very few "kids" type activities, and little ones will likely not be interested in the historical nature of the cars.
2) The collection is very heavy on cars from the 1900-1940 period. Lighter on the 1940-1960. Nothing much after that. I would have liked to have seen more "new classic" type cars from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.
3) Even interesting exhibits for little ones like the "kids pedal car" barn are mostly no-touchie.
4) Food options seem limited to a small reproduction diner. While cool, it was very crowded at lunch time and the museum was nearly empty. I can only imagine what it would be like on a busy day.
5) I would have liked a little more uniformity on the cards that described the cars. Some listed HP and weight, while some did not.
6) It would have been nice for them to have more outside in the "square" area guests traverse to get to the different buildings. It would feel more like part of the museum, then, rather than just an open space.

As an aside, and something I'm not considering as "normal," while we were there they had to move one of the really old cars by starting it up. Problem is, being indoors, all the exhaust just goes into the building. Though it's a large area, the place smelled like exhaust for a long time and made my wife kind of queasy. I wish they had waited until after hours to do something like that.

Overall, it's an "excellent" place to visit for car enthusiasts, and a "very good" place for people who just like old cars. Aside from having lots of room to run around in, it's not as great for those with little ones as you'll spend the whole time trying to keep them from touching things they are not supposed to.

1  Thank ophelious
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