Gilmore Car Museum is a West Michigan treasure

A vintage vehicle at Gilmore Car Museum.

HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. (WOOD) If you’re a car lover or a history buff, you’re going to love a West Michigan treasure that involves a local philanthropist who turned his love of cars led to an amazing collection. The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners opened to the public in 1966. It’s a 90 acre campus that features 350 cars on display — from steam cars to hot rods to the last checkered cab ever made.

The Gilmore Car Museum was started by Don Gilmore, who was chairman of the Upjohn Corporation. His wife gave him a gift of an antique car. That inspired him to start collecting, and the Gilmore Car Museum was created.

The museum includes a 1941 vintage diner where you can get lunch, dessert, or just a snack. You can also see dealership row, which features a series of car dealerships as how they appeared as far back as the 1900s.

The Gilmore Car Museum organizes a lot of car shows and events. A Pierce Arrow Gathering will take place on Sunday, August 24. Pierce-Arrow was a car company based in Buffalo, New York, that made trucks, trailers, motorcycles and bikes. The gathering is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Another big upcoming event is September 28, when the Cadillac dealership on the museum’s “dealership row” will open. A good place to find more about upcoming events is the Gilmore Car Museum’s website. You can also find unique places to visit in the area by checking out Discover Kalamazoo. The website can guide you to find places to eat, to stay, and things to do.

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