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!
Instead of slaving in the kitchen this year, come to Thanksgiving at our historic Eaton Rapids Inn. Let us do the cooking for you while you enjoy yourself and your companions. We have two options for dining on Thanksgiving day. Guests may dine restaurant style in the main house, or family style at tables of ten in the Medovue Hall ballroom.
In the main house, menu offerings include traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as our customary dishes. This is a great option for groups of friends or families looking for a diverse menu – vegetarians may dine alongside carnivores, each happy with their plates. Meals are served from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.
In the ballroom, you’ll dine as if you were at home (with cooks and waiters, of course). The head of the table will carve the roast turkey, while plates heaped with potatoes and stuffing will pass from diner to diner. This is a great option for people who love everything about Thanksgiving except the work it takes to host. Limited seating starts at noon.
Make the Thanksgiving holiday complete and stay with at our Lansing Michigan inn, or come for the meal alone. We welcome one and all.
For reservations, please call 1-800-858-0598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.