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Volo Auto Museum
27582 Volo Village Road
Volo
IL
60073
Tel: 815 385 3644

Where are we going today?

If you just LOVE cars, then you might want to visit the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois, which was started by the Grams family over 50 years ago, all the way back in 1960!

Four generations later, there are over 30 acres of museum fun for you to explore. What was once just a few dusty old cars, is now a destination that attracts families from all over the world. It's constantly growing, evolving and improving, so every visit will be different.

The Volo Auto Museum has a host of exhibits that will make your family day out fascinating. There are cars from Hollywood, so you might just spot your favourite car from your favorite movie!

From The Terminator to Ghostbusters and The Flintstones....you can come face to face with these iconic cars!

Then there are cars from the 50s to 70s. It might even be a trip down memory lane for the parents! There are even cars for sale...we'll keep these a surprise because they are not your average cars!

Ever wanted to see a bizarre car collection? The Volo Auto Museum is the best place to check these out then! There is a Cat in the Hat automobile, one shaped like a piano, and even a Sponge Bob Square Pants automobile. They certainly have some strange ones for you!

When you want to get off your feet, there are short movies that you can enjoy in their vignette theatres. The seating was actually salvaged from the Radio City Music Hall from the 1930s - so even the seats have history!

History, cars, and movie fun at the Volo Auto Museum - a revving family day out! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13.95 - $14.95
  • Children$8.95 (Ages 5 to 12)
  • Free Under: 5 years, and military in uniform
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily

7 days a week, all year round.

Teachers corner

They love offering group discounts, so why not give them a call to arrange for your students to visit!.

I'm Hungry!

There is a pizza place where you can pick up something tasty for your lunch!.

Healthy Eating!

It never hurts to take bottled water with you .

Any Top Tips?

They often have discounts online which can give you $2 off adult admission so check it out! .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can help you .

Can I get one of those?

There are 10,000 square feet of gifts and collectables, and you can even buy cars there too! .

More information

Check out the Kids Zone which is filled with great attractions for those little ones, including a carousel! .

What people are saying?

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    I've been meaning to go to the Volo Auto Museum for many years and finally got around to it. The first thing that struck me was what a big operation it is with all it's buildings. They have a huge collection of cars and many other interesting things. Even kids will have a great time. The Duesenberg room is amazing! They have a restaurant too but the food appeared to be just frozen stuff that is re-heated and the staff was not very friendly. Don't get me wrong; they weren't nasty or anything but they had no enthusiasm and never even smiled even...Read More

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    This is a great place to get out and visit! Even though it's commonly known as a car museum, they have an antique shop, and some fascinating military artifacts and items used in war. They have many cool cars on display (Most are for sale) like Thunderbirds, Mustangs, Chevelles, you name it! Also, they have a big collection of cars from ones driven by celebrities, and famous movie and TV franchises! I really enjoyed coming here and I hope to visit again! Check it out!

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    Wonderful Experience. lots and lots of cars and plenty to click.. well kept. we spent over 4+ hours and enjoyed every minute of it. will recommend.. make sure you check the buy one get one free ticket offer for early birds. all in all money well spent.

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    Have to see it to believe it!!! And truly a must see if you are ever in the area!
    This is a "fun for the whole family" attraction. An absolutely gorgeous car museum with some truly rare finds. The movie car collection is just plain fun. Top notch classics for sale at the dealership. Disney exhibits that had my kids going wild (also playgrounds to blow off that excess energy). A military vehicle and collectible museum. And to top it off, an antique mall that my wife naturally gravitated to (had to get a uHaul to carry things home).
    Pure fun and we...Read More

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    I visited the Volo Auto Museum with my 3-year-old son and my mom! Not knowing what to expect beforehand, I can happily say that we were pleasantly surprised.

    What You Should Know: You’ll receive a map when you pay for your admission. Keep this! You’ll need it. When I think of a museum, it’s singular. One building. The vehicles at the Volo Auto Museum are housed in five separate buildings, well, six if you count the Military Museum. We visited recently (in the winter) so that meant keeping our coats on because you had to venture outside...Read More

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by Bob Miller

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I've been meaning to go to the Volo Auto Museum for many years and finally got around to it. The first thing that struck me was what a big operation it is with all it's buildings. They have a huge collection of cars and many other interesting things. Even kids will have a great time. The Duesenberg room is amazing! They have a restaurant too but the food appeared to be just frozen stuff that is re-heated and the staff was not very friendly. Don't get me wrong; they weren't nasty or anything but they had no enthusiasm and never even smiled even when I tried to joke with them.

The reason I am only giving three stars is because of something that really surprised me. The paint work on their cars was incredibly poor. They look great from a distance but, when you get up close you see uneven painting, ripples, bubbles, runs and dings were just painted over without being repaired. I couldn't believe it. If you don't believe this, just look closely and at different angles to the light. $29.95 Earl Scheib jobs in the sixties were far better. That's no exaggeration. Some of the cars looked like they had been done with spray cans of brushes The Duesenbergs were almost certainly done with much greater care but I didn't go back to check after I started noticing the horrible paint work on the other cars. But my wife said she saw flaws in them too but I'm sure they were very minor. I wondered whether the terrible paint work might be just how they received the cars but they were obviously freshly painted and the incredible defects were consistent from car to car. It was unbelievable. I wouldn't even think of buying one of their cars if they painted it. I'm afraid the paint might bubble up and fall off - which might be the best thing! I just couldn't believe it. Look closely and you will see what I'm talking about. It's a shame to have such shoddy work on such beautiful old cars.

by Zach Roach

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Have to see it to believe it!!! And truly a must see if you are ever in the area!
This is a "fun for the whole family" attraction. An absolutely gorgeous car museum with some truly rare finds. The movie car collection is just plain fun. Top notch classics for sale at the dealership. Disney exhibits that had my kids going wild (also playgrounds to blow off that excess energy). A military vehicle and collectible museum. And to top it off, an antique mall that my wife naturally gravitated to (had to get a uHaul to carry things home).
Pure fun and we will be coming back again and again and again.....

by Amanda Ortiz

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I visited the Volo Auto Museum with my 3-year-old son and my mom! Not knowing what to expect beforehand, I can happily say that we were pleasantly surprised.

What You Should Know: You’ll receive a map when you pay for your admission. Keep this! You’ll need it. When I think of a museum, it’s singular. One building. The vehicles at the Volo Auto Museum are housed in five separate buildings, well, six if you count the Military Museum. We visited recently (in the winter) so that meant keeping our coats on because you had to venture outside to enter the other buildings.

The Volo Auto Museum is home to lots of vehicles used in popular movies: the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Hearse from Terminator 3, “Grease Lightening” from the movie Grease, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, and SO MANY MORE!

There’s also plenty for kids to love with cars from their favorite movies: Herbie the Love Bug, Lightening McQueen and Tow Mater from Cars, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, the strange-looking vehicle from Cat in the Hat, and you can even take a picture in the Flinstone’s vehicle that was used in the movie starring John Goodman & Rosie O’Donnell! For a couple of quarters you can also take a spin in some of the kiddie cars on display in the kid’s building, Cars in Wonderland. On your way to the Cars in Wonderland exhibit, you’ll be greeted by scenes from two of my son’s favorite movies, Finding Nemo and Monster’s Inc.!

The Volo Auto Museum is also an auto dealership! Hundreds of restored, classic cars are for sale. And for not being much of a car buff myself, even I wanted to buy one to take home!

If you’re hungry, don’t forget to visit the whimsical Betty Boop Grill. Reminiscent of an old diner from the past, you can order up burgers, pizza, hot dogs and other seasonal items to chow down.

There are plenty of opportunities here for a cute photo op too, so make sure you bring your cameras and a SMILE! I visited with my 3-year-old son in the winter, but I noticed several areas and playgrounds for kids to run around and play in warmer weather. We’ll be back in the spring for sure!

Before you leave, make sure you visit the HUGE Antique Mall located right next door! Over 400 dealers sell their wares at the Antique Mall. Even if you’re not looking to buy, it’s definitely worth the visit.

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