When I first heard about the Volo Auto Museum, I didn’t know what to expect. Turns out with 35 acres of automotive history and memorabilia, the Volo Auto Museum is one of those hidden gems that gearheads love to find. Every time I’m in the area visiting family, I just gotta visit them to see what’s new on display!
Article and photos by Larry Crain
Established in 1960, the location of this unique museum is just off State Highway 12 in Volo, Illinois, just northwest of Chicago. The museum grounds cover such a large area that you actually need one of their maps to find your way from building to building. My very first visit to Volo was in winter, so luckily many of these buildings are attached to one another. Winter in Chicago? Yup, this Southern boy was COLD!
These buildings contain something for just about everyone that loves automotive history including pre-war classics, “Tom’s Garage” that features early Fords dating from the 1920’s and earlier, plus a whole building devoted to military vehicles. There are also buildings that contain collector cars like Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, Tri-5 Chevys – many on consignment for sale.