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Museum’s Presidents Day plan sparks fire, fury

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-01-19

  VOLO — As a venue that displays an eclectic mix of historical, celebrity-connected and film-famous cars, the Volo Auto Museum is no stranger to the occasional controversial exhibit.    But plans to host a Presidents Day event featuring a rare limousine formerly owned by — and in fact bearing the ubiquitous brand of — the current president is drawing unprecedented heat.    The museum is set to offer half-price admission and eight free tokens good toward vintage games and kiddie rides for children ages 5 to 12 on Feb. 19. That’s this ...

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Public invited to celebrate Elvis’ birthday with Travis Morris at Volo Auto Museum Jan. 6

Posted on 2017-12-29

  VOLO — Elvis fans everywhere will mark the King’s 83rd on Jan. 8, 2018.    Lucky Elvis fans will gather a couple of days early with impersonator Travis Morris at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road.    “We have such a fun place to celebrate the King of rock ’n’ roll,” said Brian Grams, museum director. “We’re true fans.”   Morris, a dedicated Elvis impersonator with a devoted following, will give two performances on Saturday, Jan. 6 — one at noon and one at 3 p.m. Between sets, museum-goers can take photos against the ex...

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From engine roars to musical scores

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-12-19

Volo Auto Museum debuts music machine collection    VOLO — With their hand-carved, ornate cabinets — some bearing backlit stained glass and others art deco styling — the machines are as beautiful to see as they are to hear.   What they are isn’t tough to guess: They’re self-playing music machines. But where they are might surprise. This collection of Steinways, Mortiers and more — a grouping easily worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — is among the newer facets of the ever-evolving Volo Auto Museum, where the trip from engine roars ...

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Thank you, we're touched

Posted on 2017-12-12

  We suspected we might see some increased foot traffic while our recent admission-price rollback was in play. But what truly transpired went beyond our wildest imagination (and if you’ve been here, you know that’s saying a lot).Thousands walked through our doors in the nine days between Dec. 2 and Dec. 10 when we offered 50-cent admission — a nostalgic nod to the fee folks paid back when the Volo Auto Museum first opened in 1960. In fact, 4,083 people visited. That’s a high nine-day number. And we are so pleased to have...

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Nostalgia extends to ticket prices Dec. 2-10 at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-11-27

Back when the Volo Auto Museum first opened in 1960, visitors paid 50 cents apiece to see a smattering of jalopies in a 10,000-square-foot, gravel-floored pole barn.   From Dec. 2-10 in 2017, those same two quarters will buy a far more bountiful feast for the eyes.   “Now more than ever, our exhibits appeal to all ages, genders and tastes,” said Brian Grams, museum director. “We truly are a family venue. To encourage more people to see what we have, we’re rolling back the clock to our original 1960s fee for nine days this December.”  ...

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Will Des Plaines’ fabled golden arches one day reach skyward in Volo?

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-11-22

The era of 15-cent hamburgers under the golden arches may be disappearing from the Des Plaines landscape. But a movement is afoot to find the iconic McDonald’s museum a new home in Volo.“I’d love to be able to relocate and restore the entire structure,” said Brian Grams, director of the Volo Auto Museum at 27582 Volo Village Road. Ever since he learned Tuesday of McDonald’s plans to demolish the Ray Kroc-inspired replica that long has stood in the location of the first “modern-era” McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Grams has been intrigued. He ev...

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Chuck. E. Cheese Beach Bowzers land new performance venue in Volo

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-10-23

Recent news that Chuck E. Cheese restaurants across the country were bidding farewell to their animatronic bands struck a nostalgic chord with more than a few of the restaurant’s patrons. After all, today’s parents have been enjoying the antics of these furry, robotic bandmates since their own childhoods. Even Conan O’Brien chimed in on the subject in an August episode of his TBS show. So, when Volo Auto Museum Director Brian Grams was tagged in a Fox News social media post about the availability of one of the bands on Craigslist, he was i...

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Svengoolie to thrill museum visitors Oct. 28

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-10-22

Wait. So, we can meet Svengoolie, enjoy a Halloween-themed magic show, dig into a grilled hot dog and some roasted corn on the cob, grab some goody bags for the kids and sit back for a guided, 30-minute train tour? Yes, you can do all of that — and much more — this Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, the place for Halloween fun this weekend.“We’ve added on some activities to make it a full day of excitement rather than just for the few hours that Svengoolie will be here,” said Brian Grams, museum director. ...

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Volo Auto Museum offers 'scariest cars' Top 10 list

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-10-13

  Volo Auto Museum director names Top 10 scariest cars in film   VOLO — For some Halloween fun, we asked Volo Auto Museum Director Brian Grams to name his Top 10 scariest cars in film — many of which can be seen at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road. Counting down from 10 to one, they are:    No. 10: “The Wraith” — Charlie Sheen played the undead spirit of a murdered teen in this 1980s film, and the Dodge M4S he drove has been dubbed the most bad-a** car of the ’80s.   No. 9: “Duel” — Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut ...

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New ‘Volo House of Cars’ series takes fans on behind-the-scenes ride

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2017-09-21

— The long-anticipated “Volo House of Cars” TV show, now airing on the History Channel, offers exceptional — and fun — behind-the-scenes perspectives and tales of the hunt.   Accord Productions filmed and edited six initial half-hour episodes. Each features a “war room” segment, the tale of a rare-vehicle find and a closing. Featured prominently are Museum Director Brian Grams, his father, Greg Grams, who founded the museum in 1960, and brother, Jay Grams, who oversees the sales side of the business.   New episodes broadcast at 6 a.m. ...

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