The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Events

Saturday, April 1, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1936 Pierce-Arrow in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Gallery of Excellence & Innovation.
2:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cars & Coffee
Share your passion; fellowship with people of common interest. Open to all vehicles – classic, exotic, muscle, and favorite cars – enjoy FREE coffee and donuts. Thanks to various contributions through fundraisers and generous donations, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is able to offer and reach out as a proud member of the community.
Education & Exhibit Plaza
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: Style & Sound: Art Deco and Jazz in the 1920s
Art Deco as a physical art form is best exemplified through lavish and exquisite designs where “Form Follows Function.” Jazz in the 1920s, as an abstract form of art, is heard through varying rhythms and sensual sounds. This presentation will draw parallels through these art forms as seen and heard in the Jazz Era.
Sam Grate, Collections Manager
6:00 p.m. Company Showroom

*Friday, May 5, 2017

Trivia Night
Trigger the bite-size tidbits of gained learned from falling into the rabbit holes of the internet. Ignite that passion for useless knowledge out for a night on the town and participate in a Cinco de Mayo themed fundraiser that benefits the Educational Programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to browse the museum’s galleries and exhibits which is included in a Trivia Night ticket purchase. The event will be conducted by a charismatic presenter whom will be the master of ceremonies, emcee, etc. At 7:00pm the event will begin and so will the chase for the cash prize. Seating will be limited, with teams of eight or less. Bring your friends; win $200, and above all, have fun.
$15 per person
6:30 p.m. cash bar & snacks. 7:00 p.m. trivia begins. Willennar Hall

Saturday, May 6, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the original Company Showroom.
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: Brothers & Bicycles: The Duesenbergs and The Wrights
This presentation provides a historical parallel of two great sets of brothers who began their illustrious careers not in the sky or on the brickyard, but on two wheels. The Duesenberg Brothers, known for their prowess in the world of automobile racing, engineering, and development, and the Wright Brothers, known for their pioneering flights, both began their careers working on and developing bicycle technology. Ethan Bowers, archives manager, will draw parallels between the lives and careers of these great brothers on their path from basic popular transportation to their historic and significant impact on world transportation.
Ethan Bowers, Archives Manager
6:00 p.m. Education Center

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cars & Coffee
Share your passion; fellowship with people of common interest. Open to all vehicles – classic, exotic, muscle, and favorite cars – enjoy FREE coffee and donuts. Thanks to various contributions through fundraisers and generous donations, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is able to offer and reach out as a proud member of the community.
Education & Exhibit Plaza
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Monday, May 29, 2017 to Monday, September 4, 2017

Blue Star Museum Program
Blue Star Museum is collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1919 Locomobile in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Gallery of Excellence and Innovation.
2:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cars & Coffee
Share your passion; fellowship with people of common interest. Open to all vehicles – classic, exotic, muscle, and favorite cars – enjoy FREE coffee and donuts. Thanks to various contributions through fundraisers and generous donations, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is able to offer and reach out as a proud member of the community.
Education & Exhibit Plaza
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: Motoring from Indiana to California – 1914 Style
This is a presentation celebrating the adventures of three young men from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who traveled to California in an Auburn automobile in 1914. The presentation will be accompanied with vintage photographic images and a handwritten diary that gives insight into the fascinating trek that covered more than 7,500 miles. Ride along and experience what it was like to travel across our great nation in an antique automobile with no maps to guide you, not marked roads, and no pavement. The diary and one-of-a-kind photos were recently made available to the Museum by a member of the adventurer’s family and have never before been seen to the public.
Jon Bill, Curator
6:00 p.m. Early Auburn Gallery

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Great Race
In the early days of the automotive industry, it was Indiana and not Detroit or Michigan that led the way. “There were more car companies in Indiana than any other. And no town was better known than Auburn for turning out those cars. The Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles were built there and the Great Race will stop in Auburn, Indiana at the ACD Museum, which houses the finest collection of those marques in the world. They also highlight other automobiles manufactured in the state.” – Great Race <http://www.greatrace.com>. It has been more than 20 years since the Great Race stopped at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, so it will be a special treat for everyone. Interested in dining with a Great Race Driver? Tickets are available: http://store.automobilemuseum.org/index.htm. Contact (260) 925-1444 or info@automobilemuseum.org.
4:30 p.m. Great Race Arrives in Auburn, Indiana.
4:30 – 8:00 p.m. Cars are on Display at the Museum
Willennar Hall and Education & Event Plaza

*Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Win a New Corvette! Raffle Drawing
One lucky winner will win a 2017 Corvette Z06, 8-speed, Automatic during the Great Race dinner. Winners do not have to be present to win, but the event will be filmed LIVE on Facebook to engage an audience. Three winning tickets will be drawn: 1st Prize – choice of a new corvette or $40,000; 2nd Prize – $2,000; 3rd Prize $1,000. Car provided by Kelly Chevrolet, and all proceeds from raffle ticket sales benefit the educational programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are limited to 1,200 at $100 per ticket

Saturday, July 1, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1932 Duesenberg convertible sedan in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Company Showroom.
2:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Digital Archival Showcase: Paul Reuter-Lorenzen: The Art of Automobile Design
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will debut its second online exhibit on July 1, 2017. The exhibit titled Paul Reuter-Lorenzen: The Art of Automobile Design will feature design work performed by Auburn Automobile Company design associate Paul Reuter-Lorenzen during the 1920s and 1930s. It is the second in a series of three online exhibits to be featured on the Museum’s website during 2017. This and all upcoming virtual exhibits have been made possible by the Museum’s Digitization project.

July 2017 – November 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Children’s Activity Days at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Your child will be fully immersed in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and its history through hands-on activities, presentations, and interaction with exhibits. This day will feature learning about how cars work, what’s under the hood of a classic car, learning about speed and testing those theories, and learning about the people that made automotive history in Auburn! Children participating in three activity days will receive a membership to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in his or her name!
Boys and girls ages 10 – 12 years.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$50 per camper per day

*Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, 2017

Driving Experience
Each year the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience explores great tracks and new opportunities; participants from prior years cannot say enough great things about the experience. Prepare for a full day of driving on the track Saturday and Sunday. This is a fundraiser where 100% of the net profit goes towards the Educational Programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. A racing tradition was bred through the classic cars and history displayed at the Museum, and its mission continues with support from the Driving Experience. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience takes place at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, Friday Evening, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, 2017 & GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, Friday Evening, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, 2017. We invite any clubs to sign up and participate – bring your cars to the racetrack! Contact Mike Eikenberry, Chairman of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience (260) 229-2017 or mikeeikenberry@comcast.net for additional information.
$1,750 per person, $3,000 per person for both M1 Concourse & GingerMan Raceway

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cars & Coffee
Share your passion; fellowship with people of common interest. Open to all vehicles – classic, exotic, muscle, and favorite cars – enjoy FREE coffee and donuts. Thanks to various contributions through fundraisers and generous donations, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is able to offer and reach out as a proud member of the community.
Education & Exhibit Plaza
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: The Art of Glass
This presentation will focus on glass as a medium in art and glassblowing techniques, from its ancient origins to the 1960s Studio Glass Movement and contemporary glass art.
6:00 p.m. Excellence & Innovation Gallery

*Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Children’s Activity Day at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Your child will be fully immersed in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and its history through hands-on activities, presentations, and interaction with exhibits. This day will feature learning about how classic cars were designed, designing our own cars on paper and with clay, as well as learning about assembly lines! Children participating in three activity days will receive a membership to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in his or her name!
Boys and girls ages 10 – 12 years.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$50 per camper

*Friday, July 21, 2017

Trivia Night
Trigger the bite-size tidbits of gained learned from falling into the rabbit holes of the internet. Ignite that passion for useless knowledge out for a night on the town and participate in a Luau themed fundraiser that benefits the Educational Programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to browse the museum’s galleries and exhibits which is included in a Trivia Night ticket purchase. The event will be conducted by a charismatic presenter whom will be the master of ceremonies, emcee, etc. At 7:00pm the event will begin and so will the chase for the cash prize. Seating will be limited, with teams of eight or less. Bring your friends; win $200, and above all, have fun.
$15 per person
6:30 p.m. doors open. 7:00 p.m. trivia begins. Education & Exhibit Plaza

*Wednesday, July 26, 2016

Children’s Activity Day at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Your child will be fully immersed in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and its history through hands-on activities, presentations, and interaction with exhibits. This day will feature learning about art deco, designing our own art, touring the Museum with experts, and celebrating early automobile racing! Children participating in three activity days will receive a membership to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in his or her name!
Boys and girls ages 10 – 12 years.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
$50 per camper

*Friday, August 4, 2017

Brew Bash!
Sample over a number of unique craft beers; enjoy great cuisine from local Food Truck favorites, and take in the great sounds of a live band. Brew Bash will take place on August 4, 2017 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in the Education & Exhibit Plaza, the Museum’s newest addition to its campus. The event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with VIP Admission at 6:00 p.m., and is open to everyone 21 years of age and older. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to browse the museum’s galleries and exhibits which is included in a Brew Bash ticket purchase. This is a Craft Brew Festival at the Historic Landmark in Auburn, Indiana! Many breweries will participate in generously rationing their craft with the public, and this is a fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Educational Programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and its continual improvement.
Education & Exhibit Plaza
7:00 – 10:00p.m.
$50 VIP, $30 Standard Admission, $10 Designated Driver.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1979 International Scout in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Lincoln Financial Group Foundation the Cars of Indiana Gallery.
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: Streamlining: A Study in Style
This presentation will focus on the special exhibition Streamlining – A Study in Style. The event will be held adjacent to the Streamlining Exhibit on the main floor of the Museum. The presentation will showcase the streamlined automobile trend of the 1930s that featured advanced aerodynamic body designs. Included in the study are the wind-tunnel-tested 1937 Chrysler Airflow, the teardrop-shape-inspired 1937 Lincoln Zephyr, and the sleek profile of the 1936 Cord 810 Sedan. Also studied are headlamp design details and the progression of streamlining in pre-war transportation.
Jon Bill, Curator
6:00 p.m. Special Interest Gallery

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cars & Coffee
Share your passion; fellowship with people of common interest. Open to all vehicles – classic, exotic, muscle, and favorite cars – enjoy FREE coffee and donuts. Thanks to various contributions through fundraisers and generous donations, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is able to offer and reach out as a proud member of the community.
Education & Exhibit Plaza
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

*Thursday, August 31, 2017

Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Benefit Extravaganza
The Annual Benefit Extravaganza is a must attend event. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres served in the art-deco showroom, followed by a gourmet dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, and where raising money for the educational programs at the world renowned museum has never been so fun! Do not worry, it is not black tie, but a jacket and a reservation are required. Attend the 12th annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Benefit Extravaganza Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Come share in an evening of luxurious fun while supporting the educational mission of the finest automobile museum in the nation that is a National Historic Landmark. Other notable National Historic Landmarks in Indiana are the Allen County Courthouse, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Clement Studebaker House (Mansion), etc. This year’s theme features the Les Grand Prix de France which in 1921, a Duesenberg made history. Jimmy Murphy headed a team managed by 1908 Vanderbilt Cup winner George Robertson to the French Grand Prix. Dismissed by the European teams, a Duesenberg came in 1st, 4th, and 6th beating the best Europe had to offer; additionally, 1921 marks the only year where an American car built in the United States won Le Grand Prix de France.
6:00 p.m. Open Bar & Hors d’oeuvres. 7:00 p.m. Dinner & Silent Auction
$150 per person. $1,200 for a table.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Annual Connecting Rods Brunch
“Did your grandpa work at the Auburn Automobile Company?”
Join the fun and share your Auburn Automobile Company connection and enjoy a special presentation by Jon Bill, curator, about Hoosier Classics: Indiana’s Automotive Heritage & Legacy.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$15.00 per person

*Saturday, September 2, 2017

Gatsby Gala Ball
Attend the public event of the year – a lavish, Roaring 20’s themed party with discounted rates for Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Members. Take a break from the hectic schedule of the Labor Day Weekend festivities and relax with people of similar interest.
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Member Rate: $30 per person. Non-Member Rate: $50 per person.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1927 Duesenberg Model X Speedster in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Company Showroom.
2:00 p.m.

*Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, 2017

Driving Experience
Each year the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience explores great tracks and new opportunities; participants from prior years cannot say enough great things about the experience. Prepare for a full day of driving on the track Saturday and Sunday. This is a fundraiser where 100% of the net profit goes towards the Educational Programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. A racing tradition was bred through the classic cars and history displayed at the Museum, and its mission continues with support from the Driving Experience. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience takes place at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, Friday Evening, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, 2017 & GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, Friday Evening, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, 2017. We invite any clubs to sign up and participate – bring your cars to the racetrack! Contact Mike Eikenberry, Chairman of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Driving Experience (260) 229-2017 or mikeeikenberry@comcast.net for additional information.

$1,750 per person, $3,000 per person for both M1 Concourse & GingerMan Raceway

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cars & Coffee
Share your passion; fellowship with people of common interest. Open to all vehicles – classic, exotic, muscle, and favorite cars – enjoy FREE coffee and donuts. Thanks to various contributions through fundraisers and generous donations, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is able to offer and reach out as a proud member of the community.
Education & Exhibit Plaza
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: WWI Anniversary/ACD in History
This presentation will focus on the American home front during World War I and the war’s impact on the Auburn Automobile Company. Robert S. Wiley, the Auburn Automobile Company’s Chief Export Officer, and the Duesenberg Brothers, Fred and Augie, will be featured in this presentation because of their connections to the war before they were associated with the Auburn Automobile Company and Duesenberg, Inc.
Joan Eardly, Curatorial Assistant
6:00 p.m. Excellence & Innovation Gallery

Saturday, October 7, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the Duesenberg Bugatti Engine in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Raisbeck Engineering Hall of Technology.
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: Preserving Family History
Learn ways to protect and preserve your family two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.
Ethan Bowers, Archives Manager and Sam Grate, Collections Manager
6:00 p.m. Education Center

*Friday, October 20, 2017

Trivia Night
Trigger the bite-size tidbits of gained learned from falling into the rabbit holes of the internet. Ignite that passion for useless knowledge out for a night on the town and participate in a Halloween themed fundraiser that benefits the Educational Programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to browse the museum’s galleries and exhibits which is included in a Trivia Night ticket purchase. The event will be conducted by a charismatic presenter whom will be the master of ceremonies, emcee, etc. At 7:00pm the event will begin and so will the chase for the cash prize. Seating will be limited, with teams of eight or less. Bring your friends; win $200, and above all, have fun.
$15 per person
6:30 p.m. cash bar & snacks. 7:00 p.m. trivia begins. Willennar Hall

*Friday, October 20, 2016

Win a New Car! Raffle Drawing
One lucky winner will win a New Car during Trivia Night. Winners do not have to be present to win, but the event will be filmed LIVE on Facebook to engage an audience. Three winning tickets will be drawn: 1st Prize – choice of a new car or $20,000; 2nd Prize – $2,000; 3rd Prize $1,000. All proceeds from raffle ticket sales benefit the educational programs of the ACDAM.
Tickets are limited to 999 and are $50 per ticket.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 FREE

Trunk or Treat! Kid’s Day
Fun activities for 0 – 12 year olds. Trick or treating car-side. Dress in costume if you wish.
Parents must be escorted by children.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Digital Archival Showcase: The Robert Sheldon Wiley Export Collection: Commerce & Adventure
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will debut its third online exhibit on November 1, 2017. The exhibit titled The Robert Sheldon Wiley Export Collection: Commerce & Adventure will feature both photos and documents that record the personal and professional history of Robert S. Wiley, the one-time Export Manager of the Auburn Automobile Company. The Wiley Collection in the Museum’s Archives was donated by the Wiley Family in the early 2000s. It is the final in a series of online exhibits to be featured on the Museum’s website during 2017. This and all upcoming virtual exhibits have been made possible by the Museum’s Digitization project.
automobilemuseum.org

Saturday, November 4, 2017

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1900 Eckhart in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Dean V Kruse Gallery of Early Auburns 1903-1924.
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: Automobiles Abroad: Robert S. Wiley & Auburn’s Global Impact
The Auburn Automobile Company was, and is, internationally known due to its export of automobiles. This presentation will feature an insight into the man who traveled across the seas with these automobiles, Robert S. Wiley, and his adventures abroad.
Joan Eardly, Curatorial Assistant/Education
6:00 p.m.

*Tuesday, November 28, 2016

100 Today or Else We Stay
After celebrating Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday it is time to celebrate #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving. Museum Staff will be manning the phones and will stay at the Museum until 100 donations of $100 or more are collected to benefit the educational programs of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Saturday, December 2, 2016

Family Activity Day
The Museum will host a family activity session where children ages 8 – 12 and their chaperones will decorate Christmas ornaments.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 2, 2016

If These Cars Could Talk…
Get to know the 1904 Auburn in person and in greater detail during the car-side presentation in the Dean V. Kruse Early Auburns Gallery 1903 – 1924.
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Curatorial Spotlight: Never Before Seen Artifacts
This presentation will spotlight several artifacts belonging to the Museum. These artifacts are those that have been in storage and have never before been seen by the public. Detailed descriptions will be provided as well as insights on a selection of artifacts which will be on show for the duration of the presentation.
Sam Grate, Collections Manager
6:00 p.m. Education Center

*Indicates Additional Fee or Reservation Required.

“The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – where the world’s finest cars of yesterday live today! Over 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars are displayed with other automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life! Shop the Museum Store Online today!”

View Website for More Details: http://www.automobilemuseum.org 
Open Daily (EST) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day