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Discover The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

January 12th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

1938 REO Speedwagon Fire Truck at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

“1938 REO Speedwagon Fire Truck” by Joe Ross
is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

If you’re a gearhead, history buff, or fan of design you’ll love visiting The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in nearby Lansing, MI. The museum’s extensive collection of auto memorabilia and over 60 vehicles that range from 1886 through to 2003!

Ransom Olds founded Olds Motor Works in 1897, in Lansing, Michigan. Olds was a true pioneer in the automotive industry. He created the moving assembly line, used to build the world’s first mass-produced car: the Curved Dash Oldsomobile.

Olds left Oldsmobile in 1905 to start a new automotive manufacturing company in Lansing, the REO Motor Car Company. REO Motor Company produced vehicles from 1905 to 1975, concentrating primarily on trucks after the mid 1930’s. You may recognize the name of one of its vehicles as also belonging to a popular 1970’s and 80’s rock band: REO Speedwagon.

Visiting The Museum

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum traces more than a century of automotive history with thousands of pieces of memorabilia and a large collection of rare and classic vehicles.

The collection includes classics like the 1886 Oldsmobile Steam Carriage, a 1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash, and a 1953 Oldsmobile NASCAR Race Car. They also have a 1927 REO Wolverine, a 1938 REO Speedwagon Fire Truck, and ‘Darth Vader, a custom 1985 Olds Cutlass Salon factory one-off.

With the rotating nature of the museum’s vehicle collection, you never know what gems you’ll see!

Other attractions at the museum include a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signals and signs, and an extensive archive of automobilia. There’s even a bicycle collection that shows the connection between this humble mode of transportation and the automobile.

Oldsmobile Aerotech Aurora V8 at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

“Oldsmobile Aerotech Aurora V8” by Joe Ross
is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

The R. E. Olds Transportation Museum

240 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sundays, 12pm to 5pm

(closed Sundays, November through March)

Guided tours of the Museum are available with at least a weeks notice. Learn more at You can also visit the museum on Facebook.

Lansing Area Lodging

Lansing, MI is just a half hour’s drive from The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub, located on the beautifully manicured and historic Medovue estate, nestled along the Grand River in Eaton Rapids, MI. Our Lansing area bed and breakfast offers uncommonly plush, old world accommodations, attentive service, and a full service restaurant and pub. Book your stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!

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