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“Impossible to describe.... and AWESOME.”

Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum
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Owner description: See muscle cars, antique and classic cars, along with motorcycles, bicycles, wagons, over 125 pedal tractors, over 500 pedal cars, hundreds of antique dolls, and thousands of antique toys dating as far back as the 1800's. This collection includes cast-iron, pressed steel, tin wind-ups, Japanese tin, and battery operated toys. Toys are from the USA, Canada, Germany, England, Argentina, and France. We are open two weekends a month starting the weekend of Mother's Day. We are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on those days. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), and $4 for students (6-17). (Children under 6 are free.) We also offer refreshments (ice cream, pop, chips, candy, etc.) in the house. Everyone is welcome to come on any of the dates we are open. We also cater to tour buses, car and truck clubs, and other groups that wish to make special arrangements in advance. Please call for more information. THE FOLLOWING DATES ARE WHAT WE HAVE LEFT OF OUR 2014 SEASON: July 4, 5, and 6 **SPECIAL** - Come celebrate the 4th with us! - Vintage tractors on display this weekend. See many vintage tractors from the 1930's, 40's, 50's, and more! July 19 and 20 - Wisconsin's "Best Kept Secret" - Come and see the largest museum of its kind in the Midwest Aug 2 and 3 - Stay the weekend in Fountain City. We have some of the most unique places to stay and the best dining establishments in the country. Aug 16 and 17 - Visit us now and stay the whole day. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the most spectacular view. Aug 30, 31 and Sept 1 **SPECIAL** - Bluegrass music by "Cedar Valley" beginning at 1:00pm on Monday, Sept. 1 - Enjoy a tour of the museum this weekend and then visit the Lion's Club Farm Fest for good food, music, and fun on Saturday and Sunday Sept 13 and 14 - Senior Citizen Weekend! *Discount and free refreshments for all senior citizens* Sept 27 and 28 **SPECIAL** - Vintage race cars on display. Visit with some of the local "Older" and "Newer" drives and crews. - See the #8 Monte Carlo Race Car previously driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Oct 4 and 5 - Enjoy the beauty of the spectacular autumn colors seen high above the Mississippi River Valley. This is one of the most spectacular views along the river. Oct 11 and 12 - Come and see the unbelievable collection of cars, cycles, dolls, toys, pedal tractors, pedal cars, and airplanes, antique tools, and much more! Oct 18 and 19 - This is our last weekend of 2014. Thanks for a great year! See you in 2015!
minneapol
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Impossible to describe.... and AWESOME.”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

This was one of the stops on the 2nd Annual Walleye 1000 Vintage Rally, two day, 500+ mile drive for vintage sports cars. This was absolutely one of the highlights of the trip.

Elmer himself greeted us, took our $8 and explained how to walk through so we don't 'miss anything'.

It would be IMPOSSIBLE to see everything at this place, cars everywhere, interesting bikes and pedal cars from floor to ceiling, Elmer has collected just about everything forever.

It is, quite simply, completely overwhelming. The place does sit on the highest point on the Mississippi Rover between the headwaters and New Orleans, the view down the valley to the river is probably worth as much as all the stuff on the property. It's absolutely worth a stop.

They don't allow photography in the buildings full of stuff... but you'll never forget this place anyway!

Visited June 2013
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Wabasha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Many memories”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

This is a great place to see yesteryear. Just the collection of toy cars, the riding kind, is fantastic. You can't absorb it all in one trip. Take at least 3-4 trips.

Visited August 2012
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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not just for gearheads.........”
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Many car clubs end up here because of the great roads and scenery.This is a fantastic, man's lifetime collection (it looks like several lifetimes) of cars and all things mechanical and antiques and building after building of "stuff"- very valuable stuff, I might add. What started out as a junkyard is so much more. This is a place that can only be appreciated with a visit. Plan on several hours to just begin to see everything. Beautiful location overlooking the Mississippi - the highest point in the area I understand. If this was located closer to the big city, everyone would know about it.

Visited June 2012
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wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“You should see this place if you like cars”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

Unbelievable. Millions of dollars in vintage autos, motorcycles and pedal toys. Situated on the top of the tallest bluff on the Mississippi River, so even the view is worth the trip.

Visited October 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 25 August 2012

You have to drive through a junkyard to get to it, but don’t be fooled—this is a real museum. Three buildings filled with cars of all ages and styles. Over 700 kids’ pedal cars, again of all ages and styles. Bikes, motor scooters and motorcycles. A house with a Model A in the rec room filled with dolls. A barn and a shed full of vintage toys, where there are literally stacks of little red wagons. To top it all off, a breathtaking view of the river valley below from atop one of the highest bluffs in the area. This is a massive collection that has been years in the making and that has obviously had a lot of thought put into its arrangement and display. Elmer, thank you for sharing your collection with the world!

Visited August 2012
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