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Vintage Herschell merry-go-round, music hall under construction at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-06-10

  What’s spinning into fruition this summer at the Volo Auto Museum is sure to spur the excitement of carousel fans of all ages. In late winter, the museum at 27582 Volo Village Road became home to a 1920s Allan Herschell Co. merry-go-round. Or, more accurately, it became home to the thousands of individual parts that — once each is painstakingly restored — will be reassembled as the central focus of a new music and carousel hall. Already the building that will house the exhibit is under construction on the museum grounds. And freshly...

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Volo Auto Museum kicks off summer with boat exhibit, bus tours and more

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-05-20

    VOLO — A triple treat is in store for Volo Auto Museum visitors this Memorial Day weekend.    The unofficial launch of summer also is the official museum launch of an all-new 1950s-era, auto-design-inspired boats exhibit, the kickoff weekend for seasonal narrated bus tours, and the opening weekend for the museum’s certifiably creepy Crime and Punishment hall.   Nautical enthusiasts won’t want to miss the newly added rare boats exhibit, where car enthusiasts also will find details to love.   “In the 1950s and early ’60s, a small...

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Volo Auto Museum treats DeLorean display to ‘Back to the Future’ fan-inspired makeover

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-05-03

VOLO — After a several-months-long, high-dollar facelift, the “Back to the Future” DeLorean at Volo Auto Museum so exactingly mirrors its inspiration, even Marty McFly might not spy the difference.   The museum’s time-traveling DeLorean display has been a fan favorite since becoming a part of the collection in the 1990s. Sparked by the hugely popular 1980s film franchise featuring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and others, Volo’s car was among the first exhibition models built. But some cinema devotees gave it a Biff Tannen-esque appr...

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Princesses, Superheroes Day a perfect way to enjoy spring break at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-03-06

   Princesses, Superheroes Day a perfect way to enjoy spring break at Volo Auto Museum    VOLO — Families looking for a great spring break outing are invited to spend March 30 at the Volo Auto Museum, where a storm trooper or two could be spied alongside a land speeder, Captain Marvel may mix with the crowd — and much more.   Saturday, March 30, is Princesses and Superheroes Day at the museum, located at 27582 Volo Village Road. Kids dressed in costume will be admitted free, and everyone will have the chance to meet dozens of decked-...

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Lunch with Belle set Feb. 9 at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2019-01-30

  Lunch with Belle set Feb. 9 at Volo Auto Museum Two seatings available for sneak peek of upcoming Woodstock Opera House ‘Beauty and the Beast – The Musical’ performances    VOLO — Care to dine with Belle and the Beast, Gaston, Lumiere and the gang?    Be our guest Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, where 12 primary cast members from “Beauty and the Beast – The Musical” will offer a sneak peek of their upcoming Woodstock Opera House performances.   Limited seatings will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. an...

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Most iconic ‘Fast and Furious’ car returning to Volo

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-12-05

  VOLO — Volo Auto Museum officials have bought and sold hundreds of celebrity and film-famous cars in the decades since the museum’s 1960 founding.    Never, however, have they so regretted a decision to let one go that they were willing to pay more to bring it back than they made on its sale. Until now. And they’re pretty sure Dominic Toretto would approve. As will “Fast and Furious” franchise fans everywhere.   In fact, officials here are so excited about the imminent return of the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T from 2001’s “The Fast and T...

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Volo champions Trump beauty as Cadillac debuts ‘Beast’

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-09-26

VOLO — Thirty years after Cadillac first introduced a Trump-branded limousine, the manufacturer this week debuted the “Beast,” a $1.5 million, 20,000-pound XT6-like limo built for the former marketing maverick now escorted by the Secret Service.   And while it’s highly unlikely the average citizen will catch more than a passing glimpse of the latter, the former remains on view at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road.   The Beast — by all accounts the most impressive in a long line of specially designed, extensively fortified a...

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‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean joins Volo Auto Museum’s eBay auction lineup

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-09-14

‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean joins  Volo Auto Museum’s eBay auction lineup   VOLO — It’s a perennial fan favorite that came surprisingly close to being given away as part of a 2015 promotion involving the Chicago Cubs, who were predicted in a certain film to win the World Series that year.    Sadly for Cubs and “Back to the Future” DeLorean fans, it would be another year before the boys in blue would claim the championship. But for those still interested in the Volo Auto Museum’s flux-capacitor-fueled DeLorean, 2018 could be the year...

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Volo Auto Museum bucks national trend Upcoming auction to make way for fresh displays

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-08-27

  Volo Auto Museum bucks national trend Upcoming auction to make way for fresh displays    VOLO — When the Volo Auto Museum sells some of its famous TV and movie cars and other novelties this September, it won’t be because officials are downsizing or cutting their losses. Rather, it will be the continuation of a winning strategy that has helped this increasingly eclectic museum located in a small northern Illinois town to buck the trend that has been closing the doors of other auto museums nationwide.    When the Volo Auto Museum sel...

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Year of the Tucker celebrated at Volo Auto Museum

Cynthia Wolf Posted on 2018-08-24

Year of the Tucker celebrated at Volo Auto Museum   VOLO — Seventy years ago, a visionary rocked the U.S. auto industry. Thirty years ago, filmmakers memorialized him. And today, the Volo Auto Museum honors the legend.   The new Tucker display in Showroom 2 pays homage to the spectacular rise and fall of Preston Tucker, who took on the Big Three automakers back in the late 1940s to launch a wildly popular — but short-lived — independent brand. With much fanfare, Tuckers were introduced to the public in the summer of 1948. But the Chica...

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