That was, one of, if not the best museum experience I've ever had. I could have spent days in that place.
Did you get the ticket which allows you to access things in the museum on your computer afterwards?
Speaking of museums, here's an article on the internet today. Remembering Marvin Tamaroff, innovative car dealer and mascot-collector extraordinaire (msn.com)
This fellow became a fabulously-successful auto dealer, after starting out as a new car salesman. He soon decided that being a used-car dealer was a better money-maker. He did well, and was able to become a new car dealer for many brands, including Honda, when they offered one solitary automobile for sale in the United States. Detroit today has his dealerships and many others, along Telegraph Road.
The article mentioned Tamaroff's collection of radiator mascots. When the radiator was at the front of the bodywork, and the radiator cap was part of the exposed body, people would often personalize their cars with a replacement radiator cap. The MotoMeter was a popular one, it showed temperature in the cooling system. Many radiator 'mascots,' they were called, were in the shape of animals, others were ships, planes, and other symbols of power, speed, and grace.
A French crystal manufacturer made for the rich, a number of crystal radiator mascots. This was Lalique, and as the article mentions, a complete collection of <30 Lalique crystal figurines from the 1920's sold in 2000 for $550,000. Who owned that collection? Marvin Tamaroff was the seller! He donated his collection of radiator mascots and emblems from various vintage vehicles to the Gilmore Car Museum, in s.w. Michigan.
The Gilmore Car Museum was recently mentioned as one of the best auto museums in the country. A week ago, that's where I was. Look above the roof of the yellow Auburn Speedster, a supercharged street car was a rarity in the 1930's. You can see the building devoted to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) signage, mentioned in the article. That's where the Tamaroff collection of automobile medallions, badges, and yes, radiator mascots are located. It was the grand re-opening of the AACA building after an extensive renovation. Here are a few other pics from the Gilmore, they had an exhibit devoted to the Corvette.
Ever-see a six-passenger
C1 Corvette, made by GM? Here's one called the Corvette Nomad, a concept car for a famous auto exhibit (the GM Motorama) from GM in the early 1950's. They also made a Corvette 'Corvair,' another C1 Corvette, as a fastback, a full 10 years before the 1963 split-window coupe was released to the public.
Here is one of their motorcycles, a 1912 Pierce, yes, the same manufacturer, in Buffalo NY of the Pierce-Arrow automobile, a favorite of American champion driver in F1 and other racing series, Phil Hill, who was a F1 driver for Ferrari. He often served as a judge for concours events where Pierce-Arrows were present.
Check out their website. If you ever get to s.w. MI, be sure to give yourself a full afternoon to see it. For me, a whole day would be better.