Volo Auto Museum: A Cabinet of Curiosities

The Volo Auto Museum is tucked away in the northeastern corner of Illinois in the city of Volo. There is a good chance you haven’t ever been to Volo before. Heck, there’s a good chance you’ve never even heard of Volo before. It’s understandable, with a big, bustling city like Chicago dominating the area, some of the more distant suburbs fall to the wayside.

Sometimes this can be because they don’t have all that much to offer in the way of tourist attractions. That, however, is not the case with Volo, thanks to the aforementioned Volo Auto Museum.

Now, I know what you are thinking, when you first picture an auto museum, the image that pops into your head is probably that of a bunch of middle-aged men walking around and talking about blowers, piston rods, and dip sticks. And, sure, you’ll see some of that at Volo, it is a car museum busting at the seams with American muscle and cars of a bygone era, after all (Also, it should be noted, just about all of those beautiful cars of yesteryear are for sale. Think of it as a museum and a dealership).

But you probably wouldn’t expect to walk into an auto museum in Volo, Illinois and see a giant, drivable roller skate, a cartoon-like Charlie Chaplin car crafted entirely of steel, a large Disney and Looney Tunes exhibit, and an armed forces exhibit. Oh yeah, you are also going to find a Duesenberg exhibit … in Volo. Strange but true.

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