Museums dedicated to transportation and its history are typically considered something old men, war veterans and collectors enjoy most. But that's a stereotype museum directors in the Chicago area want to change. In our own backyard, museums and stores dedicated to planes, trains and automobiles offer something for every member of the family.
"Vintage," "bizarre" and "formerly owned by the stars" describes just a small portion of the exhibits at Volo Auto Museum. While adults may enjoy classics such as The Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee or the Delorean from "Back to the Future," every member of the family will love the museum's latest Cars in Wonderland exhibit.
Cars in Wonderland features vehicles and displays from favorite Hollywood children's shows and films. Cars' Mater, Lightning McQueen and Doc Hudson are featured alongside Scooby Doo's Mystery Machine, SpongeBob SquarePants' Boatmobile and more. Life-size character figures complete each display, and visitors can watch cartoon shorts in the Disney-themed theater area.
"Walking through this exhibit, families don't know what's around the next corner," says Brian Grams, the museum's director. "It's a permanent exhibit, but it will always be changing. We are always looking for ways to change and build the museum."
During the fall months, the museum hosts its haunted trolley tour. The museum is built on an 1848 farm, and guests and staff have experienced some creepy things. Discovery Channel's Ghost Lab crew even made their way to the museum to see what the fuss was about. Families can hear about the paranormal activities and enjoy the attraction on weekends beginning in late September and throughout October.
Volo Auto Museum
27582 Volo Village Road