Kokomo’s Auto Museum is Worth the Visit

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is tucked away inside the Kokomo Event Center on U.S. 31 and is a true jewel in our community.  I visited the museum today to give someone that had never been in a sneak peek. 

What a great collection!  It has been awhile since I have taken the full tour, and was glad I had the chance to visit again today.  With over 110 antique automobiles in chronological order, this museum is such a great legacy of the rich automotive heritage in the city of Kokomo. 

If you haven’t been, I highly encourage you to visit.  It doesn’t matter if you are a visitor or have been living in the Kokomo area for 30 years, a trip to the Kokomo Automotive Museum is a walk down memory lane and a great showcase of fantastic vehicles, some even made in Kokomo!      

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Admission is only $5 adults and $4 seniors.  Group rates are also available.  For more information, call 765-454-9999 or visit their website.

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The Indiana 500 Tour Launched Today

Indiana State Senator Jim Buck at the Indiana 500 Tour Kokomo Kick-off

It was great to have Indiana State Senator Jim Buck speak at our Indiana 500 Tour kick-off event today at the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  It was a perfect setting with over 100 antique automobiles on display in the background to showcase Indiana’s newest tour focused on transportation heritage!  The Indiana 500 Tour officially launched today with five different cities hosting celebrations throughout Indiana.  Thanks to all those that attended!  For more information, visit www.Indiana500Tour.com.

Explore Kokomo’s Automotive Heritage on the Indiana 500 Tour

The new Indiana 500 Tour launches today and focuses on Indiana’s great transportation and motorsports heritage.  Several sites in Kokomo are included on the tour.  Join us on Tuesday, May 11 as we celebrate the Indiana 500 Tour Kokomo kick-off at the Kokomo Automotive Museum at 1:30 p.m.  We also invite you to visit Kokomo as you travel the Indiana 500 Tour this year!  Learn about America’s First Car while visiting the Elwood Haynes Museum and Kokomo Automotive Museum and enjoy exciting racing at the Kokomo Speedway. 

America’s first car was developed in Kokomo by Elwood Haynes in 1894.  Visit the Elwood Haynes Museum, the famous inventor’s former residence, which now houses a collection of his possessions and inventions.  Then, take a drive down Boulevard Street (formerly named Pumpkinvine Pike) where Haynes took the first automobile test run and see the historical marker that marks the spot today.

Elwood Haynes

Stroll through the past at the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique automobiles and memorabilia are on display, including the second car invented by Elwood Haynes in 1895 and many other early autos built in Kokomo.  If you enjoy automobiles, this is the place to be! 

Don’t forget lunch!  Enjoy a hand-breaded tenderloin, burger, or chocolate malt at one of the popular diners or drive-ins in Kokomo.  Jamie’s Soda Fountain, Ray’s Drive-In, Artie’s Tenderloin, Ned’s Corner Pub, and B&K Root Beer are all great choices. 

Experience a night of fast racing at the Kokomo Speedway.  From non-wing sprints to midgets and stock cars to mini-sprints, there is something for every racing fan.  Races are held on Sunday nights from May into September.  

For more information on Kokomo, visit www.VisitKokomo.org or call 800-837-0971.  To learn more about the Indiana 500 Tour, go to www.Indiana500Tour.com.

Indiana 500 Tour Kicks Off in Kokomo

Join us for the Indiana 500 Tour kickoff on Tuesday, May 11 at the Kokomo Automotive Museum at 1:30 p.m.  Kokomo is one of five cities in Indiana that will be holding a kickoff ceremony celebrating Indiana’s newest tour.  The Indiana 500 Tour will highlight all the great museums, exhibits, attractions, historical sites, events, and dining in our state related to transportation. 

During our kickoff event, Indiana State Senator Jim Buck will launch the 500 Mile Tour.  Antique autos, bicycle club members with their bicycles, motorcyclists, and running club members will attend, refreshments will be served, and more information will be available about the newly created state tourism initiative.

For more information, contact 800-837-0971 or information@visitkokomo.org.  Visit www.visitkokomo.org to learn more about Kokomo area attractions featured on the Indiana 500 Tour!