Classic car lover’s paradise is located in Michigan City, Indiana. Nearly 70,000 square feet of memorabilia and classic convertibles fill the Ragtops Museum, and they’re adding to the collection every day. Take a day trip from Indianapolis to northwest Indiana and visit the Ragtops Museum. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Indiana Dunes or stop in at the Old Lighthouse Museum.
Since 2003, Hoosiers have been visiting the Ragtops Museum to learn about local automobile history. While most of the cars on display are from all over the nation, they strive to keep local historical artifacts on display too. Inside the Ragtops Museum is a reconstruction of an old-time gas station, featuring antique gas pumps, convertible classic cars, past Indiana license plates and more. It’s truly an educational stroll through auto history.
It all started as a minor hobby for Dennis Moran, the museum’s founder. He began as a mechanic, specializing in transmissions. Moran later started his own franchise, which now includes eight automobile trademarks with locations nationwide. The Ragtops Museum now operates with a not-for-profit board of directors, the source most cash flow in the company.
The Ragtops Museum sells classic cars that have been refurbished, and collectors can find vehicles dating back to the early 1900s for sale at the Ragtops Museum. They’ve accumulated more than 60 assembled vehicles since the Ragtops Museum’s opening. Visitors “ooh” and “aah” over the General Lee vehicle from The Dukes of Hazard. There are several other popular and rare classic cars in the museum’s collection. A 2001 Top Fuel New York Yankees Dragster is another guest favorite. This 6,000 horsepower racing vehicle was rated the fastest of 2001, maxing out the speed at 331 miles-per-hour.
Curious visitors flock to the museum every year for family outings, group tours or expos and events. Michigan City is a very popular summer vacation town, with beautiful beaches and awesome tourist attractions. Ragtops Museum offers assistance with planning a trip to the area, including a list of great hotels, restaurants, and maps to nearby attractions.
Aside from the fantastic cars on display, Ragtops Museum offers more fun activities for guests of all ages. An antique Rock-N-Roll Revolution Band, made up of 11 robots, decorate a miniature golf course at the museum. Each time a ball is sunk, the band plays a victory tune. The activity is especially fun for kids, and the museum regularly books miniature golf parties and fundraisers.
Antiques are everywhere at the Ragtops Museum. In addition to the cars, auto memorabilia and rocking robots, the museum has a super cool Model Train Room. People of all ages enjoy the stroll down memory lane at the Ragtops Museum. It’s a great location for birthday parties, family reunions, business outings, charitable fundraisers, and tons of other fun events. They even offer a banquet hall for up to 500 guests, perfect for a wedding reception or large gathering.
The Ragtops Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during warm weather months. In the Fall and Winter, the museum is only open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours are available throughout the week by appointment only. For more information about hours, admission costs or group tours and booking events, visit the Ragtops Museum online.
If you’re itching to get out of town for a day trip or a weekend getaway, drive up to Michigan City to enjoy the Indiana Dunes, Ragtops Museum and the Old Lighthouse Museum. If you just can’t leave Indianapolis for a daytrip, here are several cool things to do around town, including Indianapolis attractions or Indianapolis museums to visit.
209 West Highway 12
Michigan City, IN 46360
Ragtops Museum online