Olds Museum: When you consider the history of automobile manufacturing in the United States there are a few names that sit up on a pedestal as true pioneers of the industry. Without question, one of these is Ransom E. Olds.
Olds was born in 1864 in Geneva, Ohio and it’s hard to tell how the early days of auto making would have unfolded if he didn’t decide to devote himself to the industry.
According to Olds himself he engineered his first car in 1894, a steam engine model. He went on to found Olds Motor Works in 1897, and it was located in Lansing, Michigan which is where he passed away on August 26, 1950 at the ripe old age of 86.
Ransom Olds saw a lot of automotive history during his days, and the company that he founded stayed in business for 107 years, churning out over 35 million cars during that time. The last production year for Oldsmobile was 2004 and for many classic car fans it is still hard to accept life without this historic automotive brand.
The good news is that the Oldsmobile tradition is still alive and well in the form of the classic Oldsmobiles that grace the roadways and stand on display in museums around the country. With this in mind, if you are a classic Oldsmobile fan or a classic car fan in general you should definitely consider visiting the R.E. Olds Museum in Lansing.
The museum houses thousands of one-of-a-kind artifacts as well as a collection of 52 classic vehicles that will really blow your mind. Ransom Olds founded the REO automotive brand as well as Oldsmobile, so you’ll see some REO vehicles in the collection, including a 1923 REO Speedwagon.
The Olds Museum is open all year around and admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. To get all the details, simply visit the R.E. Olds Museum website.