The Midwest is replete with terrific automobile museums. Whether you get excited viewing vintage racecars or your tastes run more towards a restored Ram diesel truck tricked out with universal aftermarket air suspension parts and kits, there is something for everybody. Here is a short list of the best Midwest auto museums:
· Auto World Car Museum & Kingdom Expo (Fulton, MO) – Bill and Marge Backer collected and restored 70 cars over 40 years ago. Go here to see them.
· Doc’s Museum (Jamesport, MO) – a collection of old tractors and classic cars.
· Memoryville U.S.A. Autos of Yesteryear (Rolla, MO) – a museum that contains a restoration shop and antique cars.
· Highbanks Hall of Fame National Midget Auto Racing Museum (Belleville, KS) – if you are into midget car racing, then this is your shrine of choice.
· Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home and Museum (Ellis, KS) – from modest beginnings rose this titan of the automotive industry. Mr. Chrysler lived in the one-story home from 1878 to 1900.
· Ellingson Car Museum (Rogers, MN) – Over 100 trucks, motorcycles and cars dating back to the 1920s. Includes “muscle cars” from midcentury.
· National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (Knoxville, IA) – see over 30 restored vehicles, including sprint and midget cars.
· Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (Auburn, IN) – an Art Deco factory housing over 100 vehicles.
· National Automotive and Truck Museum of the U.S. (Auburn, IN) – mostly post World War II vehicles but some older antiques as well.
· The Recreational Vehicle and Motor Home Hall of Fame (Elkhart, IN) – A place to honor heroes of the recreational vehicle and motor home industries.
· Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum (Indianapolis, IN) – located at the racetrack, the museum is home to a treasure trove of antique and famous race cars.
· Elwood Haynes Museum (Kokomo, IN) – a tribute to the first builder of a commercial automobile.
· City of Firsts Automotive Heritage Museum (Kokomo, IN) – 100 classic and antique vehicles show off the city’s rich automotive history.
· Studebaker National Museum (South Bend, IN) – a wonderful collection of cars sporting the late and much-missed badge.
· Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, IL) – the rise of transportation, including over 30 vintage cars.
· Hartung’s Automotive Museum (Glenview, IL) – over 100 trucks, cars, motorcycles and tractors, many in original condition.
· Wheel O’Time Museum (Peoria, IL) – a place to see all kinds of antiques, including cars.
· Volo Antique Auto Museum (Volo, IL) – a very large collection (over 300 vehicle) including a Batmobile and a car from the Ghostbusters movie.