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.
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)
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!
May 21-22, 2011, is the 48th Annual East Lansing Art Festival in downtown East Lansing. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the festival – stay the weekend at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast.
Hundreds of artists descend upon East Michigan during the ELAF. They come from all over Michigan, and some even venture from other states. Their stalls feature all art mediums: jewelry, metalwork, photography, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork. You may speak with the artists, purchase their creations, and in some cases watch them make their artwork.
No art festival is complete without live entertainment. The East Lansing Art Festival features a great variety of live music, as well as many different performances, demonstrations, and activities. Dance to the Bossa Nova sounds of Sheila Landis & Brazilian Love Affair; boogie down to Freddie Cunningham & The Root Doctor Band, and sway to Cloud Magic and their funky, jazzy, psychedelic sounds. Keep an eye out for Crazy Richard The Madd Juggler, too.
After spending the day on your feet at the East Lansing Art Festival, head back to our peaceful Bed and Breakfast near Lansing MI. Refresh yourself with a pint at the pub before dinner, or sit in our colorful English gardens for a spell. It’s delightful.
Additional information is available at East Lansing Art Festival.