Volo Auto Museum

Located just north of Chicago, Illinois is the town of Volo and in this rural setting is a place that should be of interest to all automotive enthusiasts. This unique gem of interest to lovers of the automobile is the Volo Auto Museum that was established in 1960. 

The Volo Museum sits on 35 acres jammed packed with automotive history, memorabilia and antiques. The museum grounds cover such a large area and numerous buildings that you actually need one of their maps to find your way around the grounds. Be sure to have plenty of time on your hands so that you don’t miss anything in these buildings or that is parked outside. 

The Volo Museum collection contains something for just about everyone that loves automotive history, pre-war classics, plus Tom’s garage that features early fords dating from the 1920’s and earlier. 

There are also buildings that give you the opportunity to buy a collector car like Camaro’s, Mustangs, Challengers, Tri-5 Chevys’s that are on consignment to be sold. When it comes to buying a car or truck and hot rods or muscle cars are not your thing there is a building of older restored or untouched vehicles for sale from early Corvette’s to Woody Wagon’s. 

If you get hungry from all of the walking there is Betty’s Diner that offers food and beverages all set in a 50’s décor along with automotive memorabilia. I have visited this museum several times over the past couple of years and it never ceases to amaze me at what new displays of automotive interest that they will have on hand. During my visit this time the main exhibit hall had a very rare collection of Dusenberg’s on display that had to be seen to be believed. There is always something for the whole family to see and enjoy at the museum thanks to the huge collection of feature cars from movies. There are two buildings full of Hollywood movie cars and their set pieces, along with some that children can interact with or even sit in. 

If you want to see what the rich and famous drove there is a building set aside just for those cars. This building includes one that is home to the 1996 Rolls Royce Spur that Princess Diana rode in during her visit to Chicago in 1996 and for those lovers of speed there is one of Carrol Shelby’s newer Cobra’s parked by a Lamborghini Countach. Besides being an awesome museum this great facility offers an outdoor event site that includes a stage, concession stands and plenty of parking for a car show that many local clubs have used. If all of this wasn’t enough to get you to stop for a visit there is also an antique mall on the same site with over 300 vendors some of which carry auto memorabilia. If you are in the greater Chicago area take the time to drive up and visit the Volo Auto Museum but be sure you have plenty of time because your visit will probably run several hours or more.

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