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Hours
Hours
  • The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is open seven days a week!
  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • The museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day only
Admission
Adult Admission:

$12.50 per person

Adult Group of 12 or more**:

$10.50 per person

Call (260) 925-1444 extension 33 to schedule your group visit. Reservations are necessary at least one (1) week in advance to receive the group rate. Lunch packages are available.

Children under 18 years of age:

$7.50 per person

Children under 6 years of age:

FREE

Family Rate**:

$32.00 per family

This rate is available to parents and their dependent children at the same address that are 18 years of age or younger.


**Docent-led tours are available, but must be scheduled at least two (2) weeks in advance at an additional cost of $20.00 per docent. We recommend one docent per twenty visitors. More than one (1) docent may be scheduled per group, upon availability. Contact the Museum at (260) 925-1444 or events@automobilemuseum.org to arrange for a docent led tour today.

Directions
Directions

Auburn is located in Northeast Indiana at the intersection of I-69 and State Road 8 and also at the intersection of I-69 and C.R. 11-A, 20 miles north of Fort Wayne and 35 miles south of the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/I90).

Please use this address to look up correct driving directions:

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum 1600 South Wayne St. Auburn, Indiana 46706

Driving Distance from Major Cities:

Fort Wayne, IN - 16 miles - 15 minutes

South Bend, IN - 98 miles - 1.25 hours

Indianapolis, IN - 140 miles - 2.25 hours

Toledo, OH - 106 miles - 1.75 hours

Dayton, OH - 168 miles - 2.66 hours

Columbus, OH - 190 miles - 3 hours

Cleveland, OH - 210 miles - 3.50 hours

Cincinnati, OH - 215 miles - 3.50 hours

Chicago, IL - 180 miles - 3 hours

Lansing, MI - 110 miles - 1.45 hours

Ann Arbor, MI - 136 miles - 2.25 hours

Detroit, MI - 175 miles - 2.75 hours

Parking

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has three (3) parking lots. Parking is free.

The Main Lot

The main lot on the building's north side adjacent to the main entrance, includes motorcycle and handicap spaces. The main parking lot offers over 100 parking spaces. Designated tour bus parking is curbside near the main entrance. This is ideal for dropping off bus groups.

The Education & Exhibit Plaza

The Education & Exhibit Plaza is situated west of the museum, is designated for buses, RVs, coaches, trucks, trailers, and automobiles.

Number of Overnight Spaces: More Than 4

Vehicle Size/Length including trailers: Up to 44’

Permit Pets in Parking Area: Yes

Electricity available (Free with purchase/donation): Yes

Parking Area: Paved

Please Call before arrival: Yes

Water available: No

South Side Lot

The parking lot along the south side of the museum is used for overflow parking. Automobiles only.

For School Groups

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Education Department offers many study trip options including science, technology, engineering, artistry, and math in addition to the availability of customized learning experiences that tie directly to the needs of your classroom.

The museum welcomes thousands of students each year including many school study trips, scout, and other children’s groups.

Admission is $2 per student. Adult chaperones, teachers, and bus drivers are free.

Please contact our education staff at info@automobilemuseum.org or (260) 925-1444 with dates that you would like to schedule a trip to the museum**. Museum staff will setup the date, finalize the trip details, and answer any questions you may have.

The museum is especially grateful to the Olive B. Cole Foundation, Inc. for extending a grant that makes study trips completely affordable for students. Ask about free admission when booking your Study Trip at the museum.

View the museum's Educator Guide for additional information on our educational programs and events!

Educator's Guide

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Around Auburn

To learn more about all the exciting things to do in Auburn, visit the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau website.

Just a short trip from Auburn, Fort Wayne offers visitors additional things to do and new experiences! You can learn more by checking out Visit Fort Wayne

Learn about upcoming Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festivals 

Digital Gallery Guide   Family Gallery Guide   Educator's Guide 

Visiting the Museum: A Social Story

Frequently Asked Questions
How many cars are in the museum?

The museum exhibits an average of 120 automobiles and related artifacts on three floors of the historic building. The automobiles on exhibit are a combination of cars owned by the museum (85%) and cars on loan to exhibits from private owners and other museums (15%). The second-floor mezzanine level contains the fine art gallery, archives, and education area.

Are the exhibited cars drivable?

Most of the cars are drivable and many are in carefully-restored condition. The cars are prepared for long-term resting exhibition, so they require preparation to ready them for road use.  The museum has a state-of-the-art Collections Conservation Center that was completed in 2015 to support the care and preservation of our priceless collection.

Are visitors permitted to touch the cars?

We ask that you help preserve our collection by not touching the cars.  This includes leaning against them, opening the doors or hood, or touching the cars while posing for pictures.  Every touch, brush, or scrape leaves a mark on the car – even fingertips transfer oils from your skin onto the car which can leave permanent marks on the metal and paint.  

Why aren’t the hoods open so the engines may be seen?

Open hoods expose the engines to dirt, a problem for difficult-to-clean objects like automobile engines. Leaving the hoods open for long periods of time can also cause the thin metal of the hoods to warp. The Engineering and Technology Gallery on the third floor shows several types of engines for visitors to view in full display.

Are the bright colors and color combinations on the cars original?

The colors are commonly the choices of today’s owners who restore the cars. Generally, they remain true to historic authenticity. Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg cars, for example, were available in any custom color. The cars were known for bright and multiple (two, three, or four) exterior colors.

Are visitors permitted to take photographs?

Yes, photography is encouraged, in either still or video format. Feel free to take as many photos as you would like!  However, the museum does not allow tripods or selfie-sticks in order to safeguard the collection.

Who keeps the cars clean?

Generous members of the museum’s Volunteer Association regularly clean the cars. With automobiles this old and historically valuable, the curatorial department believes that a ‘less is more’ policy is best when it comes to keeping them clean, so very few chemical products are used; plain water and microfiber cloths are the detailing crew’s most popular tools. Volunteers donate over 1,400 hours keeping the cars clean annually!

What time zone is Auburn, Indiana in?

Auburn is on Eastern Standard Time (EST) all year. The state does participate in Daylight Saving Time.

Who owns the museum?

The museum is a not-for-profit and educational institution owned by the non-profit Auburn Automotive Heritage, Inc. The organization was formed first in 1969 by local volunteer leaders with contributed funds. The museum opened to the public July 6, 1974.

Where are the restrooms?

Public restrooms are on the first floor, just behind the Admission Desk.  There are also restrooms on the third floor to the right of the grand staircase, just across from the Hall of Technology. During special events in the banquet and meeting rooms, restrooms are available in the events center lobby.

Are there maps of Auburn available?

The Auburn Chamber of Commerce publishes a handsome and informative full-color city and county map and brochure about Auburn, Indiana. When available, it is distributed free of charge at the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau also has tourist information available at its office, 500 South Grandstaff, Suite C, Auburn, IN 46706.

Are Animals Allowed?

Service animals are welcome in the museum. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Pets are not permitted.