Volo Auto Museum's name does not adequately describe what this
unique museum offers. Cars of all shapes, eras and styles dominate.
But visitors will also find Hollywood memorabilia, military history
and ample space to run and play. It's the combination of these
factors that gives Volo bang for the buck.
We were surprised to enter a giant green park filled with
barn-like structures. After a long drive, I let my sons run around
and climb some of the play structures before heading inside to the
1950s-style snack shop/gift shop where you get your tickets.
Thankfully, they were distracted from "Mom, can I have…?" by the
cars, statues and videos we discovered in the first room of the
The Hollywood Hall of Fame houses vehicles from movie and
television history. We found Speed Racer's ride along with
Cinderella's carriage. Beyond cars, the room is filled with props,
costumes and video screens showing how these creative cars were
used. Most of the vehicles are no-touch, but kids are invited to
climb into Fred Flintstone's prehistoric transportation. There are
also coin-operated kids' rides, from horses to race cars, to keep
little ones engaged.
We ventured outside to see the museum's show pieces-the
Batmobile and the General Lee (from "Dukes of Hazzard"). Again they
couldn't touch, but my 5-year-old was thrilled just to be in the
presence of his superhero's car.
Then we found the military vehicles, tanks, trucks and even a
Vietnam-era helicopter. We entered the Military History Experience
to find re-creations of battle scenes, complete with sound effects
and plenty of fake blood. It was interesting, but the sounds were a
little intense for my young sons so we moved through quickly.
Across the parking lot, huge show barns house antique and muscle
cars for sale. We wandered through, taking in the changes in styles
and colors over time. But since everything here is no touch, we
decided to hit the park again before heading home.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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