Gilmore Car Museum
Backstory and Context
The Gilmore Car Museum is spread out over a dozen buildings, to include the Gilmore Heritage Center that houses the main exhibit galleries, a research library, a theater and a café. Also contained within the campus is the largest known gallery devoted to the Model A Ford, a Cadillac-LaSalle Museum, a 1930s era Shell gas station, and authentic 1941 working diner called the Blue Moon, and a recreated 1918 car dealership.
Other points of interest include a Lincoln Museum; the Steam Barn, which reveals the early history of the automobile from the days of the horseless carriage through 1915; and a replica train depot. Some current and past exhibits include the vehicles of the 1930s Dustbowl, called the Great Migration; American Legends: Hot Rods and Customs; and Mid-Century Performance, which features rare performance cars of the 1960s and 70s.
Featured cars at the Gilmore include a 1916 Packard Twin Six Racer, a futuristic (for the times) 1948 Tucker Sedan, a 1958 Edsel Pacer, and the last off the assembly line 1982 Checker taxi cab. The museum also offers a Model T driving school for those interested in what it was like to drive a Tin Lizzy.