Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corners, Michigan

The Gilmore Car Museum is North America’s largest automotive museum with 190,000 square feet of exhibit space, a portion of which is devoted to classic tin toy vehicles and vintage pedal cars.

Established in 1966 initially to house the personal vintage car collection of Donald S. Gilmore, the not-for-profit has amassed over 400 vehicles. Notable cars include a 1927 Ford Model T and a 1920 Pierce Arrow, as well as a selection of vintage tin toy vehicles. Donated to the Museum in 2017 by Jack and Joanne Nottingham and housed in the Steam Barn, the tin toy collection showcases over 150 post-World War II objects. Elsewhere on the 90-acre property, the “G” Barn is home to the Museum’s collection of pedal vehicles, including cars, airplanes, fire trucks, police cars, and farm vehicles.

One of the gems at the Gilmore Car Museum is a 1930s Rolls Royce featured in the 1967 Disney movie The Gnome-Mobile, donated to the Gilmore family by Walt Disney himself.

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