New Model A Ford Museum to be world’s largest

Angelo Van Bogart |

A new Model A Ford Museum — touted as the world’s largest public museum dedicated to the 1928 through 1931 Ford Model A — will have its grand opening ceremony on May 18 in Hickory Corners, Mich., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new museum is the result of more than $1 million raised by members of the Model A Ford Foundation Inc., which will celebrate the grand opening with representatives from Ford Motor Co. and several speakers, as well as several hundred Model A Fords.

The museum is on the lush, barn-filled campus of the Gilmore Car Museum, a growing Mecca for club museums building their own museums to replicate original dealerships of the represented marque. The new Model A Ford Museum is fashioned after a 1928 Ford dealership and features nearly 30 Model A Fords, including the first Model A built and given to Thomas Edison by Henry Ford, a Model A school bus and a Model A tow truck.

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The new museum features a service and parts department complete with unopened Ford Model A parts. There are also other unique Model A attractions in the museum, including cut-away engines and various memorabilia.

The new Model A Museum’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 18 will take place at 11 a.m., with special guests and keynote speakers appearing. There will also be lectures, presentations, tours and live music throughout the day. The special event is open to the public with admission to the Gilmore Car Museum and campus at only $5 each — less than half the normal price. Those arriving in a Model A Ford will be given special parking near the Model A Museum and free admission to the entire Gilmore Car Museum campus.

Related Resources

Read about the Model A and get all its stats in “Standard Catalog of Ford

Learn all about the Model A predecessor, the Model T, in “The Model T Ford” book

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