|'41 Graham-Hollywood Supercharged|
Silver Dollar City was OK, but extraordinarily busy over Veteran’s Day weekend. But for me, the highlight of the trip wasn’t a rollercoaster or the blacksmith—it was our short detour into Branson’s Highway 76 “Strip”, and a visit to the Branson Auto Museum.
We actually visited the museum back in April, but the selection of cars on display had changed considerably in seven months.
|Men in Black Crown Victoria|
That’s not to say there still wasn’t plenty to look at. There are some 100 different cars in the collection, including a couple of movie rides. The Crown Victoria that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones drove in Men in Black, as well as a scary looking Taurus from Robocop were there, so that’s a little taste of Hollywood for those of us who rarely see the ocean.
|El Morocco '57 Chevy|
Another great feature of the museum is the gift shop, which houses hundreds of rare old car and truck toys. This is a very impressive group of Smith-Miller, Tonka, and Wyandotte toys, just to name a few. If you’re a collector, you could probably spend another hour or two just looking at these. Bring your wallet, though, because these old toys aren’t cheap.
|'55 Buick Century|
There were even several more cars for sale outside. They typically weren’t as nice as the cars in the museum, but some of them weren’t all that bad or at least had some potential. There was a ’55 Buick Century four-door hardtop out there that my dad seemed to like more than anything in the place.
If you are planning a trip to Branson anytime soon, don’t miss the Branson Auto Museum. Most of the cars are for sale, so the collection changes regularly. But mainly, it is just a way for a car-lover to feel at home between the Soji Tabuchi show and riding the Ducks. Check out the Branson Auto Museum’s official website for more information.
In the meantime, enjoy the slideshow below!