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The Gilmore Car Museum is located on a beautiful pastoral setting near Hickory Corners in south-central Michigan. Regarded as one of the America's finest, the museum is a welcoming destination to thousands of visitors from around the world each year.
The Museum's history began in the early 1960's with the private collection of 37 cars owned by Kalamazoo businessman Donald Gilmore. Today the museum presents close to 200 cars celebrating the entire span of automotive history.
It is important to note that the Classic Car Club of America has partnered with the Gilmore Car Museum and the CCCA collection is housed in one of the absolutely terrific barns on the museum grounds.
On a personal note, in 2005, I had just spent the last four months going from museum to car show to museum photographing cars for our website. After a while it is easy to become so jaded that I start to think, "Oh no. Just another Duesenberg, Not another Kaiser-Darrin!". But when my wife and I arrived here May 31, 2005, it was literally a breath of fresh air. The museum is out in the country, about 20 miles from Kalamazoo on a farm setting with red barns and white fences. The "pastures" are as well maintained as the fairways of an expensive country club. Our first experience was their regular Wednesday cruise-in. The weather was fantastic and that atmosphere was that of a family picnic and the cars driven there by the participants were great.
In addition to these beautiful car presentations, the museum has other interesting and historical displays. Check their website for more details, maps, hours, and other information..
We visited the museum several times and photographed the cars on display. All the photos are in our Remarkable Cars picture encyclopedia and can be found by Make or Year.