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Volo Auto Museum, McHenry Outdoor Theater, D.C. Cobb’s team up for Nostalgic Day Giveaways

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-05-11

      Volo Auto Museum, McHenry Outdoor Theater, D.C. Cobb’s team up for Nostalgic Day Giveaways   VOLO — You could win two free tickets to the Volo Auto Museum, a $25 gift card to D.C. Cobb’s and two free admissions to the McHenry Outdoor Theater — plus free popcorn and fountain drinks for two at the theater.    And that’s not all. Winners also get to watch the movie from a head-turning, 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe, courtesy of the museum.    And that’s not all, either. Your chance to win arrives not just once this summer, but we...

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Volo Auto Museum opens outdoor space Memorial Day weekend with new exhibits

Sheryl DeVore News-Sun Posted on 2018-05-08

  The Volo Auto Museum isn’t just about vintage cars anymore. In the past several years, museum owner Brian Grams has added an antique kiddie ride exhibit, a place for families to eat pizza and view animated displays, a 1.5-ton antique music machine and an antique arcade games exhibit, among others. This Memorial Day weekend when the outdoor section opens for the summer, visitors can also view the new Beagles animated puppet show the museum obtained from Chuck E. Cheese’s and other expanded exhibits not necessarily related to cars, but ...

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Dressed the Part

Gregory Shaver for Shaw Media Posted on 2018-04-15

  Rudy Hernandez playing Fred Flinstone twirls a bone Saturday during the Night at the Museum at the Volo Auto Museum.  About 20 members of Costumers with a Cause dressed up and posed for photographs to raise money for Ronald McDonald Charity House.

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Fourth Annual Night at the Museum will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-04-10

  VOLO — It’s time again for the once-a-year opportunity to enjoy an after-hours tour of the Volo Auto Museum — while also supporting a key charity alongside Batman, Thor and more.   The Fourth Annual Night at the Museum will be 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at 27582 Volo Village Road. The event hosted by Costumers With a Cause has raised thousands of dollars during its first three years, and organizers are counting on this year’s sum to be their best yet.    The beneficiary, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest ...

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Pedal Power exhibit to debut at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-03-07

    Some of the most captivating vehicles soon to be unveiled at the Volo Auto Museum required no hemis, four-barrels or big blocks to set them in motion. Nope, nothing but pure muscle for these beauties — in the form of strenuously circling pint-sized feet. Yes, a pedal car exhibit is the latest of many treasures visitors to the museum will find. But these aren’t your dad’s rusted out miniature chassis. These are original, painstakingly restored, high-end toys produced by the Murray Co. and others between 1920 and 1950.“These things are...

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Museum’s Presidents Day plan sparks fire, fury

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-01-19

  VOLO — As a venue that displays an eclectic mix of historical, celebrity-connected and film-famous cars, the Volo Auto Museum is no stranger to the occasional controversial exhibit.    But plans to host a Presidents Day event featuring a rare limousine formerly owned by — and in fact bearing the ubiquitous brand of — the current president is drawing unprecedented heat.    The museum is set to offer half-price admission and eight free tokens good toward vintage games and kiddie rides for children ages 5 to 12 on Feb. 19. That’s this ...

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Public invited to celebrate Elvis’ birthday with Travis Morris at Volo Auto Museum Jan. 6

Posted on 2017-12-29

  VOLO — Elvis fans everywhere will mark the King’s 83rd on Jan. 8, 2018.    Lucky Elvis fans will gather a couple of days early with impersonator Travis Morris at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road.    “We have such a fun place to celebrate the King of rock ’n’ roll,” said Brian Grams, museum director. “We’re true fans.”   Morris, a dedicated Elvis impersonator with a devoted following, will give two performances on Saturday, Jan. 6 — one at noon and one at 3 p.m. Between sets, museum-goers can take photos against the ex...

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From engine roars to musical scores

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-12-19

Volo Auto Museum debuts music machine collection    VOLO — With their hand-carved, ornate cabinets — some bearing backlit stained glass and others art deco styling — the machines are as beautiful to see as they are to hear.   What they are isn’t tough to guess: They’re self-playing music machines. But where they are might surprise. This collection of Steinways, Mortiers and more — a grouping easily worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — is among the newer facets of the ever-evolving Volo Auto Museum, where the trip from engine roars ...

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Thank you, we're touched

Posted on 2017-12-12

  We suspected we might see some increased foot traffic while our recent admission-price rollback was in play. But what truly transpired went beyond our wildest imagination (and if you’ve been here, you know that’s saying a lot).Thousands walked through our doors in the nine days between Dec. 2 and Dec. 10 when we offered 50-cent admission — a nostalgic nod to the fee folks paid back when the Volo Auto Museum first opened in 1960. In fact, 4,083 people visited. That’s a high nine-day number. And we are so pleased to have...

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Nostalgia extends to ticket prices Dec. 2-10 at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-11-27

Back when the Volo Auto Museum first opened in 1960, visitors paid 50 cents apiece to see a smattering of jalopies in a 10,000-square-foot, gravel-floored pole barn.   From Dec. 2-10 in 2017, those same two quarters will buy a far more bountiful feast for the eyes.   “Now more than ever, our exhibits appeal to all ages, genders and tastes,” said Brian Grams, museum director. “We truly are a family venue. To encourage more people to see what we have, we’re rolling back the clock to our original 1960s fee for nine days this December.”  ...