Midwest Auto Museums

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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.