Welcome to a collection of automobiles that illustrate the evolution and art of the automobile and its role in our lives. The collection is diverse and includes cars from many different eras.
History of collection and present collection
The beginning of Classic Car Collection was a 2011 donation of 131 automobiles from Bernie and Janice Taulborg’s collection of 157 cars. In 2015 they donated six more vehicles.
Since then, the museum has reorganized and now has only cars on loan. There are 120 cars currently in the collection. The variety of cars on loan changes, ensuring a fresh display each time you visit the museum.
The collection and facility are cared for and maintained primarily by our wonderful team of volunteers. We are supported partially by donations from friends and benefactors, as well as through our Friends of the Classic Car Collection.
Classic Car Collection* is dedicated to presenting an entertaining yet artful perspective tracing the major role that the automobile has played relative to history, culture, industry, and innovation.
The Displays and Decor
Visitors to Classic Car Collection will find authentic vignettes, artwork, mannequins, and other items. We embrace and use technology via interactive displays to help illustrate the wide-ranging effects that automobiles have and continue to have on our lives.
The museum has recreated a 1950’s gas station, with both vintage tools and modern devices, which shows the progression of technical sophistication and advancement. There is also a drive-in theater screen and display that incorporates the original ticket booth from the local Kearney Drive-In.
Other displays include various video screens showing historical footage and events. The “Car Hoods Project” is the crowning bit of technology. Using recreated car hoods as projector screens, they provide historical yet entertaining footage.
Visit us Today!
By visiting the Classic Car Collection, you will be participating in a very important educational mission: celebrating the automobile as a vital element of art, industry, freedom, and history. While here, feel free to visit our resource center—an impressive library devoted to automotive history and expertise. View our automotive art on display, and share any car stories you might have!
No matter how “into” automobiles you may be, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. Voted #1 destination on TripAdvisor for the last 5 years, Classic Car Collection should be at the top of your list when visiting Kearney, Nebraska.
NOTE: LAST ADMISSION WILL BE 45 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULED CLOSE TIME.
*Classic Car Collection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit venue and we graciously accept your volunteer help, tax deductible financial or other donation, vehicle loan, and suggestions to help us thrive and grow.
Donations may be mailed to Classic Car Collection, 3600 East HWY 30, Suite B
Kearney, NE 68847