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- 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
$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:
$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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a docent led tour today.
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:
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Auburn is on Eastern Standard Time (EST) all year. The state does participate in Daylight Saving Time.
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.
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.
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.