Day 17… Volo Museum and Jurassic Gardens
Thursday, June 17th, 2021
Well, it’s my last day here in Illinois and I had plans made for the entire time until tonight. Now, the plan was to hit up the Post Office (sent out some postcards overseas), pick up more postcard stamps, and mail something off to Craig. Then I was going to enjoy some Cracker Barrel, an early breakfast so I could get on the road in a timely manner for Volo, Illinois. About an hour and a half away, I had it planned to the tee of heading out, tour for an hour or so, drive back, and have time for me to write, pack up, and just enjoy my last night. Well, there was a long wait at Cracker Barrel, which became a mixed blessing because I found some gifts for friends in the store portion while we waited, but the timing was moved later and later. So we finally got going out of town at 10:30 a.m. and got to the Volo Museum about Noon.
Have you ever went to a Museum or Attraction and you had read little on it but it sounded interesting? And you think, why not, live your life, try something new? Well, today was one of those great examples. I THOUGHT it would take an hour to see some cool cars and head back to home base. Nay, nay, nay as the Comedians would say. Oh no, this took me FOUR HOURS to get through!!!! About $33 for both the Auto Museum and Jurassic Gardens Combo ticket, yes, Gardens not Park, nobody got time to get sued LOL- it was a STEAL for that price!! After such a disappointing day at Six Flags, this was the blind side I needed. Ever been to “House on the Rock” in Wisconsin? A collection of rooms, with collections of collections, no rhyme or reason why it exists at all but to HOUSE such amazing items in this World? Yeah, this was one of those type places.
Located an hour and half outside of Chicago, this had everything your little nostalgic heart can take. 14 Exhibits to see and tour, some extra money by purchasing tokens or the combo ticket, it will take a good half day to see it all. I didn’t even get to the Military wing or the entire Antique Village they have next to the Museum. 5 Showrooms have classic cars for you to purchase, then jukebox collections, followed by TV and Movie Automobiles- some replicas, and some the real deal, Treasures of the Vault, Transportation Collections, and lots and lots of surprises. Room after room by jaw dropped over and over again. I took TONS of pictures and videos- make sure to follow us on Facebook to see the videos!!
So here are the TV and Movie Automobiles that I LOVED!!! Everything from “Grease” to “Knight Rider.”
Then DISNEY WORLD showed up EVERYWHERE in the fourth room and I was super happy! Parade cars, Disney Parks cars, Disney pieces, and of course, famous Disney cars!
Then lots of fun and quirky collections and stuff that were just so cool…like the REAL “Happy Days” Jukeboxes- BOTH of them!! Or the tons of kiddie ride vehicles and Characters galore- it was picture heaven and Walter had a BLAST.
A full wall of signs from the 50’s and they would NOT stand in society now. I am telling you, my mouth was open the ENTIRE time I was reading each of these….seriously shocking.
Jurassic Gardens was all about that Dino DNA and I freaking loved it! Yes, they were animatronics, and it was basically a room full of Dinos but they were still cool- worth the money if you like the Jurassic period!
And to top off the day….they had show pieces from “Showbiz Pizza” and “Chuck E. Cheese” that they had set up to be like the old pizza places themselves. Hanging from the ceiling were movie pieces like the Gremlins and such. It was seriously amazing. I asked them to play the Barbershop Quartet on stage, and it did NOT disappoint 😊
Great day, so much to show y’all, I hope you enjoy all of the pics and check out the videos I will post over the next couple of days on Facebook. Have a GREAT night, I still need to pack up my car and it’s off to Wisconsin in the early A.M. See you then!
Moments of Kindness: Tipping BIG at Cracker Barrel and giving away tokens at the Museum.
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