Visitors to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum not only enjoy a walk among a magnificent, galleried collection of over 120 Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles, special interest autos and classics — in one of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the Midwest — they also learn the inspiring story of the Auburn Automobile Company. The Company designed, manufactured and sold these grand automobiles when its headquarters was housed within the museum building in the 1930s.
To show visitors how these cars and the company fit into American automotive history, the museum tells their stories within the context of what was concurrently taking place in regional, national and international automotive development. To allow visitors to focus on their individual areas of interest, the museum offers an extensive archive open to the public and interactive exhibits, such as the Auburn Automobile Company Design Studios. The room holds drafting tables, French curves, drafting supplies, colored and drafting pencils, rulers and templates. Here, families can relax and interact as they draw the cars of their dreams, just like automotive designers of the past. Finally, the Museum Store, full of products with the museum’s automotive history at their core, allows visitors to enhance, expand or share their museum experience.
Almost 50,000 people representing all 50 states and over 40 countries visited the museum in 2009! Categories of visitors include car enthusiasts, historians, senior and adult tour groups, families with children, researchers, writers, those with a passion for art and design, and teachers with local students on Study Trips.
Since 2001, the museum has offered Study Trips that help local students fulfill Indiana’s Academic Standards in a variety of subjects. Teachers bring their students to the museum to learn intriguing lessons in mathematics, history, science, technology, economics, art and even accounting via live presentations, exhibits and hands-on activities. Since its inception, the program has served nearly 12,000 students from northeast Indiana.
The museum is also a National Historic Landmark, designated so for the innovative automotive designs and technologies by the Auburn Automobile Company: Five out of 10 of the automotive innovations patented in the making of Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles are still used in producing today’s automobiles! Auburn Automotive Heritage, Inc. d.b.a. as the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit, is also accredited by the American Association of Museums. Less than five percent of the nation’s 17,500 museums have earned this accreditation, and only two museums in the automotive category have achieved it.
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