Trip Idea

Transportation Heritage Hub

Vintage planes, trains and automobiles all can be found in Auburn.

Trip Idea Summary

Type of Trip: Rural Destinations, Art & Culture

Region: East

Destinations Included: Dekalb County Visitor Bureau, Hoosier Air Museum, Garret Historical Railroad Museum, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, National Automotive and Truck Museum, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, American Heritage Museum, Early V-8 Ford Museum

Duration: 2 days

About this trip idea

Allow 2 days. 

Auburn , once a rich hub of auto manufacturing, is now a hub for transportation heritage with museums about planes, trains and automobiles. The museums offer a Passport ticket, so pick one up at your first stop. Here you’ll pay regular admission, then receive discounted admission to the others.

Planes and Trains
Discover the people who designed, built, flew and maintained vintage aircraft at the Hoosier Air Museum located at the DeKalb County Airport. Committed to preserving military aviation history, the museum collection includes two WWI French Nieuport fighters and a Cobra Helicopter.

In Garrett, about 10 minutes west of Auburn, the Garrett Historical Railroad Museum   awaits. Located in a restored early 1900s Baltimore & Ohio freight station, the exhibit tells the story of Garrett’s history and includes a scale model railroad, post office railcar and Chesapeake & Ohio caboose.

And, Automobiles
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum , a National Historic Landmark,exhibits over 120 cars ranging from 1894 to 1999. The exhibit is housed in the original Act-Deco headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, the creators of Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles.

Next door, in the former manufacturing building is the National Automotive and Truck Museum . Also a National Historic Landmark, NATMUS (for short) exhibits post World War II cars, muscle cars, trucks and 1908 “high wheelers” to current production pickups.

Their annual Labor Day weekend festival, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival  , celebrates its auto heritage with an ACD auto cruise-in, Kruse car auction and parade.

The American Heritage Village is home to two museums: The National Military History Center and the Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum. The Military History center offers a compelling World War II story. The Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum features a variety of vehicles: from carriages to race cars to movie cars and even Carl Casper hot rods.

The newest addition to Auburn’s collection of automotive history museums is the Early Ford V-8 Museum , honoring Ford Motor Company’s 1932-1953 influence on American auto history.

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Dekalb County Visitor Bureau


Hoosier Air Museum


Garret Historical Railroad Museum


Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum


National Automotive and Truck Museum


Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival


American Heritage Museum


Early V-8 Ford Museum


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