Kokomo Automotive Museum hosting part of “Hoosier Made: World Driven” event

Hoosier Made World Driven brochure cover

The Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum is hosting part of “Hoosier Made: World Driven,” a three museum event to celebrate Indiana’s automotive heritage. The event, which is a Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is underway and runs until Oct. 3, 2016.

“Hoosier Made: World Driven” examines the heyday of Indiana’s automobile industry when some of the world’s finest motorcars were built in the Hoosier state. The exhibit will be presented at Indiana’s three leading transportation museums: The Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum, the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn.

The Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum display will feature five different Haynes and Apperson touring vehicles. The museum is home to more than 100 antique automobiles and offers visitors a glimpse of the nation’s automotive history, with an emphasis on local automotive history.

“This event shines a light on our museum and how it represents our local automotive heritage,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “It showcases the role Kokomo played in the development of the American automobile, and our city’s central role in the Indiana economy.”

Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum director of development Jeff Shively said the event presents a great opportunity.

“This is the perfect chance to see three great museums, travel, and learn about Indiana’s automotive heritage,” Shively said. “And you can save money while doing it.”

Visitors can visit all three museums for the price of two. A passport (available at all three museums) can be stamped at two museums and admission to the third museum for free. Admission to the Kokomo Automotive Heritage Museum is $5.

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located at 1500 North Reed Road (S.R. 931) and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 765.454.9999.


Staycation Sunday: Enjoy a Day of Mansions & Museums for FREE on August 9th

Sunday, August 9, 2015 has been chosen for Staycation Sunday at the Seiberling Mansion and Kokomo Automotive Museum, as well as the Elwood Haynes Museum. For one day only, museum admission will be waived for all visitors and everyone can tour and learn about our history for free!

Seiberling Mansion - Howard County Historical Society

The Seiberling Mansion, once home to wealthy industrialist Monroe Seiberling and later to George Kingston, is now home to the Howard County Museum. Visitors will see a restored Victorian home as well as exhibits of Howard County history. The museum will be open from 1:00pm-4:00pm and is located at 1200 West Sycamore. Free parking is available, with access from Walnut Street (north of the mansion). For more information about the mansion and museum, visit their website at howardcountymuseum.org.

Thunderbird Exhibit 3

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located in the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event and Conference Center at 1500 N. Reed Road (SR 931). It features a selection of early made-in-Kokomo Haynes and Apperson autos. In addition to the more than 100 antique cars, those who appreciate vintage advertising and antiques will enjoy a great collection of signage and a variety of memorabilia relevant to the history of the cars on display. Its permanent exhibits trace the history of the automobile and the rich automotive history of the City of Firsts. The present feature exhibit highlights the life and times of the Ford Thunderbird. The museum is open from 10:00am-4:00pm. Learn more at kokomoautomotivemuseum.org.

The Elwood Haynes Museum is found in Haynes’ former residence at 1915 S. Webster in Kokomo, on the south end of Highland Park. The museum will be open for Staycation Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Visitors will not only tour the home of a remarkable innovator, but will see exhibits about his role in the great Indiana Gas Boom, his automotive inventions, metallurgical discoveries, and the companies he founded.

For more information on things to do in Kokomo, check out visitkokomo.org.

Cadillac Exhibit on Display Now at the Kokomo Auto Museum

Cadillac exhibit 3

The Kokomo Automotive Museum’s new exhibit “Cadillac – Setting the Standard for Personal Luxury, 1938-1997” is on display now through March 2015.

Cars on display include a 1941 Cadillac 6267 Convertible Coupe, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, and a 1968 and 1997 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe.  The exhibit also includes vintage Cadillac ads and videos.

The Kokomo Automotive Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The museum’s permanent collection includes dozens of beautifully restored automobiles and memorabilia.  For more information, call 765-454-9999 or visit www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

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Cadillac exhibit 4

“Corvette Summer” Exhibit Opens in Kokomo

Corvette Summer Exhibit 1

The Kokomo Automotive Museum launched its latest exhibit “Corvette Summer – Celebrating 60 Years of America’s Sports Car.”  The exhibit will be on display through August 16, 2013 and includes a 1958 roadster with matching trailer, 1963 String Ray Coupe (split window), and 1978 Pace Car replica.  In addition, several vintage films depicting Corvettes of this golden era can be seen in the display, along with period advertising posters.

Here are some photos I took during my recent visit.  Besides this special exhibit, the museum has over 100 vintage cars on display in its impressive collection.  The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call (765) 454-9999 or visit www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

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Corvette Summer Exhibit 3

New Packard Exhibit Opens at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

Auto Museum Packard exhibit

Auto Museum Packard exhibit 2

The Kokomo Automotive Museum recently unveiled a new Packard exhibit on display “Ask the Man Who Owns One” featuring several exquisite automobiles and Packard memorabilia.  Special car exhibits will rotate every 3-6 months inside the museum.  Located inside the Kokomo Event & Conference Center at 1500 North Reed Rd. (U.S. 31), the museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more details, call 765.454.9999 or visit www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.

Kokomo Automotive Museum Offers Free Admission December 27 & 28, 2012

Shake the winter blues at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!  On Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28, 2012, the Museum will be open to the public from 10 am – 4 pm, FREE of CHARGE.  Bring the whole family, see all the changes and new exhibits, and buy a late Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.  The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located at 1500 North Reed Road (US 31) on the north side of Kokomo.  See a replica of America’s First Car, developed in Kokomo by Elwood Haynes, and view over 100 vintage automobiles and memorabilia.  Visit their website at www.KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org.


Auto Museum Haynes Car Exhibit



AHM Yellow Car



Kokomo Automotive Museum

See over 100 vintage cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!




Explore Autos and Art Glass in Kokomo

Travel to Kokomo, Indiana to discover art glass, automobiles, and delicious culinary experiences.  Whether you are traveling with family, friends, or a group, you won’t want to miss these must-see attractions!

Watch how glass is made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) has been producing art glass in its original Kokomo location since 1888.  They are America’s oldest art glass company and were voted Best Factory Tour – Indiana 2011.  Located at 1310 South Market Street, public factory tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:00am.  Even if you are not a glass enthusiast, I guarantee you will enjoy this fascinating tour!  Watch as skilled ladlers quickly scoop molten glass from the furnace and carefully mix the glass to the exact color and texture desired.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced in their facility.  The sheet glass produced in Kokomo is shipped all over the world and used by glass artisans for stained glass windows and custom projects.

Beautiful feather vases made at the KOG Hot Glass Studio

The tour also includes a trip through the KOG Hot Glass Studio.  Watch as expert artists use Kokomo glass to create unique blown, pressed, and hand-cast glass items.  Most blown glass art items are available to purchase in the OP Shop, including suncatchers, stunning bowls and vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, beads, and other beautiful items.  Call 765-457-1829 for information or shop online at www.kog.com.

Kokomo has a rich history of automotive heritage and industry, starting with America’s First Car, developed in 1894 by Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes.  Visitors can see a 1905 Haynes automobile at the Elwood Haynes Museum and explore his former residence, now filled with exhibits chronicling his life as an inventor and the auto industry in Kokomo.  The Elwood Haynes Museum is located at 1915 South Webster Street and can be contacted at 765-456-7500.

Then, visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique and classic automobiles, including several made in Kokomo, will take you on a wonderful trip through the past.  Exhibits include a replica of America’s First Car built by Elwood Haynes and a 1950’s diner, along with many other auto-related memorabilia.  All ages will enjoy this wonderful collection located at 1500 North Reed Road (U.S. 31.)  For more information, call 765-454-9999.

View over 100 cool cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

Enjoy a King Tenderloin at Ray’s Drive In — both Ray’s and Artie’s Tenderloin in Kokomo are located on the Indiana Tenderloin Trail

While in Kokomo, enjoy a delicious meal or tasty treat at one of our local eateries.  From hand-breaded tenderloins to old-fashioned ice cream sodas, Kokomo cuisine can be found on 9 different Indiana Culinary Trails.  Visit a local brewery, drive-in, bakery, or locally-owned family dining restaurant for great food only found in Kokomo.  Visit www.IndianaFoodways.com for more on Indiana’s Culinary Trails.

For more information on Kokomo or to plan your next visit, call 800-837-0971, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App on your Apple or Android smartphone.  Plan your next getaway in Kokomo for an adventure filled with autos and art glass!