Drool Away: Jaw-Dropping Car Museums

  • Studebaker National Museum - South Bend, IN
  • Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, FL
  • Lane Motor Museum  - Nashville, TN
  • Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga, NY
  • National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV
  • Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI
  • Indianapolis Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, IN
  • National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY
  • Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA
  • One of many zany looking fictional automobiles on display at the Volo Auto Museum

    Volo Auto Museum - Volo, IL

    The Volo Auto Museum is located just forty-five miles northwest of Chicago and offers a large array of all kinds of vehicles. Military machinery, American muscle cars, European sportsters, and some of the most outlandish automobiles from the silver screen adorn the exhibits of the Volo Auto Museum. Chicago marks the end cap of Route 66, so a trip to Volo to get your road trip started seems more than appropriate.

    Photo courtesy of Simon Gibson

  • Studebakers were remembered best for their distinctive lines, such as with this Studebaker pickup

    Studebaker National Museum - South Bend, IN

    Perhaps one of America's most iconic manufacturers of the past, Studebaker operated in South Bend, Indiana until the corporation became defunct in 1967. However, in the same town in which nameplate began, the Studebaker National Museum has played the part of memorializing this memorable American brand and has dozens of genuine Studebakers on display as well as an exhibit recreating the factory floor of the original South Bend plant.

    Photo courtesy of Seth Lemmons

  • A small section of Muscle Car City dedicated the Chevrolets

    Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, FL

    The muscle car was perhaps one of the most unique designs of the American automotive industry. It encapsulated raw power at an affordable price point and this concept is celebrated at the massive 99,000 square foot Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda, Florida. A short drive up from Fort Myers, the museum (a former Wal-Mart) also hosts several outdoor car shows where guests can come by and show off some muscle of their own.

    Photo courtesy of Nick Ares

  • An example of the quirky nature of many of the cars in the collection: A 1896 Ford Quadricycle

    Lane Motor Museum - Nashville, TN

    Home of some of the oddest contraptions to ever be called cars, Lane Motor Museum in Nashville Tennessee is definitely worth a look when visiting the music city. The museum is relatively young. It first opened in 2002 with just a handful of cars, but today it operates in a 40,000 square foot location with over 230 cars on hand ranging from little European oddities to military vehicles.

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  • A 2005 Ford GT as part of Saratoga's super car exhibit

    Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga, NY

    The Saratoga Automobile Museum has a vast array of exhibits ranging from historic in nature to performance. Their East of Detroit exhibit showcases the many brands of automobiles that were made in New York state in the past and that are still currently made today. They also have exhibits on super cars such as Ferrari and Aston Martin.

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  • One of the museums most prized cars: the Thomas Flyer that won the 1908 New York to Paris race

    National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV

    The National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada is one of the most expansive car museums in the United States. On display are over one hundred cars of all stripes ranging from celebrity rides to delivery trucks, beautiful paintings of cars and landscapes, and many other artifacts of the automotive world including gear and tools, some of which were used by Henry Ford himself.

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  • Eisenhower's Presidental "bubble top" Limo on display

    Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI

    Don't let the name fool you: this museum located just outside the Detroit city limits has a lot more to share than just Fords. On display are vehicles of all kinds, even some airplanes. Probably one of its more unique exhibits is the Presidential Limousine Exhibition featuring the rides of five presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan.

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  • The winning car of the first Indy 500 in 1911 on display as well as over thirty other winners of the event

    Indianapolis Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, IN

    Billing itself as 'the racing capital of the world,' Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played host to some of North America's most memorable moments in auto racing. On site is the Hall of Fame Museum which has over seventy racing vehicles on display, all of which have competed on the track itself. Everything from NASCAR stock cars to super bikes to Formula One racers are on hand for your marveling pleasure.

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  • A collection of Corvette Stingrays as part of their own exhibit

    National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY

    It's no surprise that some iconic cars capture the American psyche so well that they have their own fan clubs, but only a select few warrant their own museums. America's favorite sports car, The Chevrolet Corvette, is one such brand. The Museum is set up directly across from the GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, where every Corvette is made.

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  • A radical Lancia Stratos Zero concept car on display at Petersen

    Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA

    The Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. shows off cars in every way imaginable. They have exhibitions on concept cars, aerodynamics, cars in Hollywood, the history of the hot rod, motorcycles, and even Hot Wheels. California is a state known for its love of cars and it shows. The Petersen Museum reflects this elegantly.

    Photo courtesy of Dustin May