howard hughes museum

 About Our Museum 

  How it all got started  

Experience all the History and Artifacts that Historic Auto Attractions has to offer. More than just a display of automobiles, It’s a journey through time! With over 80,000 sq. ft. of exhibits including the world’s largest collection of Presidential and World Leader’s Limousines, a vast collection of Gangster Era vehicles and memorabilia, a large Elvis Presley display and memorabilia, TV Land cars, and Cars from Hit Movies such as Batman, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future. You’ll love the Old West area with vintage style stage coaches, a full size log cabin, and other interesting turn-of-the-century artifacts. We house one of the most extensive collections of John F. Kennedy & Kennedy Family artifacts & memorabilia in the country. We also have new additions to the museum including the Hall of Christ room, a 911 Memorial room, an Egyptian Artifacts room, Antique Clocks room, NASA exhibit, a huge Animal Kingdom area, plus many more! We are centrally located just north of Rockford, IL

Our Timeline

Howard Hughes car

1995

It all started with a Howard Hughes car. Our founder has a love for both cars and aviation. So when he came across Hughes' old car, he decided to purchase it. As he showed the car to more and more people, he saw the joy and awe it gave them. Seeing this inspired him and an idea was born.

Old logo
Historic Auto Attractions new logo

2001

Historic Auto Attractions becomes a reality. After years of planning and construction the doors were finally opened.

2022

After nearly 2 decades of operation one tends to collect a few more things. We were busting at the seams with vehicles and history and so we decided to expand. 2022 marked the opening of our East wing. 50,000 additional square feet that Presidents, Miss Belvedere, Big Foot, and more call home. With the new addition we decided to update our look with a new logo and branding.

Hear the Story

Our founder, Wayne, tells the story of how Historic Auto Attractions was born