“A Stunning Collection of Classic and Antique Cars!”
The Museum is a nonprofit, educational organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The Museum has thousands of irreplaceable items in the archives along with 52 vehicles that range from 1886 through 2003. It is dedicated to Ransom Eli Olds, inventor, entrepreneur, and financier, and one of Lansing’s most notable automotive leaders. He created the principle of the assembly line in the automobile industry and founded two local automobile companies: Olds Motor Works (1897) and REO Motor Car Company (1904). As the Museum has grown in interpretation of its mission, and to more accurately promote Lansing area’s many contributions in transportation, the word “Transportation” was added to the Museum’s name in 1987. The Museum exhibits a significant collection of automobiles, engines, and other materials significant to the transportation history of Lansing, the region, the state and the nation. The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and the Bates and Edmonds Engine Company offices are resources within the Lansing Stewardship Community of Motor-Cities-National Heritage Area, a cultural heritage area and affiliate of the National Parks Service. Currently, the REOTM and its surrounding land are leased from the City of Lansing.
We have a 1946 REO Farm Truck that we're starting to restore, so this museum held a special interest for us, but I should think that this has a lot to offer any car enthusiast. We came through on a day when some of the REO historians weren't there, but the staff gave us the phone numbers of folks who might be able to assist us with wiring and things we need for the REO. All in all, a well put together museum with stunning examples of American Automobilia!
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R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
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