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https://www.reoldsmuseum.org/

 

The RE Olds Transportation Museum is located in downtown Lansing, MI and is dedicated to Ransom Eli Olds and Lansing’s contributions to the automotive industry.  It walks you through the early stationary engines of the late 1800s, Olds’ early development of steam (1883), gasoline (1896) and electric (1899) vehicles and the formation of Olds Motor Works which employed the first use of a progressive assembly line for automobile production. It then covers Mr. Old’s second car company, the REO Motor Car Company and when Lansing, for a short time, became the Car Capital of the world having two of the largest automobile manufacturers.


The museum owns about 90 vehicles and has over 60 on exhibit at any one time which includes vehicles from all eras. The focus is on Lansing built engines, equipment and vehicles which includes Oldsmobile, Viking, REO, Diamond REO, Durant, Star and a few miscellaneous GM built products including an EV1. They also host a REO powered equipment display (mowers, snowblowers, boat motor).  The museum has a large Oldsmobile archives and is recognized as having the largest collection of REO information. The location is recognized as a Michigan Historic Site as the vintage boardroom is part of the original Bates and Edmonds engine factory dating from 1904.  

 

They host the Car Capital Auto Show in downtown Lansing in July each year. The museum and the boardroom are both available to rent.
 

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The RE Olds Museum is awesome!  We've been going there since 1981 and appreciate their presence and how they present the history. 

 

They were able to recently (last couple years) obtain ownership of their building and have embarked on many improvements.  We're going there shortly, in the next few months, for a club meeting.  We contributed to the new bathrooms which should help them be able to rent their facilities for events and contribute to their revenue.  Looking forward to seeing the changes. 

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2 minutes ago, CarFreak said:

The RE Olds Museum is awesome!  We've been going there since 1981 and appreciate their presence and how they present the history. 

 

They were able to recently (last couple years) obtain ownership of their building and have embarked on many improvements.  We're going there shortly, in the next few months, for a club meeting.  We contributed to the new bathrooms which should help them be able to rent their facilities for events and contribute to their revenue.  Looking forward to seeing the changes. 

You should come to the "Cars and Coffee" type event on May 1st or June 5th (8-10am and 1/2 off)

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On 3/20/2021 at 10:22 AM, Stude Light said:

You should come to the "Cars and Coffee" type event on May 1st or June 5th (8-10am and 1/2 off)

 

Was just there last weekend; always an enjoyable visit.  And the Nut House is delicious, right around the corner.  

 

Doubt we'll make it there for the Cars & Coffee but you never know.  I don't know about everyone else, but we're busy as heck with work, working on cars, having fun; never really stopped.  

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