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Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to the Volo Auto Museum. I  was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

I’ve always been curious about the Volo Auto Museum, a classic car auto museum located just north of Chicago. While we don’t consider ourselves car experts at all, we do occasionally watch Fast and Furious (okay, we’ve seen all of them) and have to say we are definitely enamored by them. We expected to see nice classic cars (we did), but we didn’t expect to see so many different cars from movies and popular shows. And we definitely didn’t expect to see a kids showroom with so many favorite characters and cars (of course!) Needless to say, visiting the Volo Auto Museum exceeded our expectations and has become a favorite family museum.

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.volocars.com/
Ticket prices: Admission costs $13.95 ($14.95 in the summer) for adults; children 5-12 $8.95 and kids under 5 are free.  Check their website for discount coupons. Memberships available.
Location: 27582 Volo VIllage Road, Volo, IL
Parking: Plenty of free parking.
Stroller-friendly? We did end up bringing an umbrella stroller and we had ample room to navigate.
Food: There is a cute 50s little diner right when you walk in.

Highlights:

  • Tons and tons of classic cars! Car lovers will absolutely love checking them out! Bring your checkbook, just in case you fall in love with a car, because, yes, you can buy one!
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  • We didn’t expect to see so many cars from popular movies/shows. Some of the cars had a tv playing the scenes with the car in it. While some of the cars from movies may resonate with my generation (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters), the kids were equally excited to scope out a few cars from their favorite movies (Batman and Transformers)

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  • Seeing the “real” Transformers Bumblebee from the first Transformers movie.

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  •  Need a little rest? Watch a short film. At the time, they were playing behind the scenes footage from Batman.

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  • The last showroom is so much fun – it’s made for kids! You can pose in the Flintstones car, plus there are a bunch of coin operated rides. We forgot to bring coins this time around, but they enjoyed hopping in the rides.

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  • Pretty cool cars owned by celebrities. They recently
    acquired a 1974 Cadillac Seville from no other than the King himself. As a lover of Caddys, Elvis had special ordered the caddy and turned it into a station wagon. What’s really fascinating is that the car has been unseen and unheard of for the past 40 years.

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  •  Cool props from movies!

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 We wish…

  • …all the buildings were connected. Since we visited during the winter, we had to bundle the kids up each time we went from one showroom to the other. It would be a total non-issue if it was warm outside.
  • …again, it was warm out! There were other things to explore on the grounds of the museum including a playground.

Tips to enjoy Volo Auto Museum

  • Like antique shopping?  There’s a couple antique malls right around the corner. We always stop by the shop with the collectible toys.

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  • Bring coins if you want the kids to enjoy a ride or two.
  • Check the Volo Auto Museum’s website regularly. The museum is always evolving and adding new events, cars, and exhibits.
  • Yes, there’s a squished penny machine.

Did you know? 

  • The Volo Auto Museum’s history is quite fascinating. The Volo Museum is a family-run business spanning 4 generations, with 3 generations still active.
  • The property was a non-operating Dairy Farm that was originally established in 1848. In fact, the original farm house, barn and other structures are still in use today.
  • Brian Grams, Director of the Volo Auto Museum and whose grandfather actually started the Museum, enlightened me with a little history of how the museum came to be: “…the cars started out as $25 beaters that turn into $50 beaters that eventually turned into nice cars which gained notoriety for people who just wanted to see them, which opened the door to the museum. Its been a constant road forward with the evolution of the business. We will never be “done.”

Bottom Line:

Visiting the Volo Auto Museum is always a fun day out – car lover or not. There’s lots to see and do to keep the whole family entertained. We can’t wait to check out what they have in store for the future.

 Read more about our visit last year on Chicago Parent.