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Turn Back the Clock at the Gilmore Car Museum

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On: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:08PM | By: Gary P Garry

Turn Back the Clock at the Gilmore Car Museum

The state of Michigan has always been the cradle of the American automotive industry, and there are some great destinations in the state if you like classic cars. One of them is the Gilmore Car Museum, which is located in Hickory Corners.

The museum is easily accessible from bigger cities like Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. It truly rests in the bosom of the American heartland, sitting midway between Chicago and Detroit.

Gilmore Car Museum is considered to be one of the top car museums in the country; they have quite a large collection of cars and motorcycles on display. There are over 300 vehicles at any given time, and they are representative of the history of auto making.

One of the featured vehicles is an 1899 Locomobile. The Locomobile Company of America was one of the first automobile manufacturers in the country. They originally started out in Massachusetts, but they moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1900.

The first vehicles that they manufactured were powered by steam, and the car on display at the Gilmore has a steam engine. When you see the 1899 Locomobile you can immediately understand why they called early cars “horseless carriages.” The car looks exactly like a carriage that would be pulled by a horse.

They have a number of different exhibits; some are permanent, and some are special exhibits that are featured for limited periods of time. The museum has exhibits representative of every different era.

At the present time they have two very cool special exhibits. One of them is called The Fabulous Hudsons, and it showcases the largest collection of classic Hudsons in the world. There is also the American Legends: Hot Rods & Customs exhibit, which is a must-see if you like hot rods.

The cars on display are fantastic, but there is some icing on the cake. At the Gilmore Car Museum you can marvel at a truly authentic reproduction of a 1930 Shell gasoline station. Every detail is perfect, and it is a remarkable time capsule that takes you back to the bygone days.

The Gilmore Car Museum is open from Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on weekends they stay open until six o'clock. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for students. Kids under seven get in for free.

If you can make it to the heart of Michigan, check out the Gilmore Car Museum and get a taste of authentic Americana at its finest.

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