HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. (AP) — The Gilmore Car Museum is offering free admission for all kindergarten through 12th grade school groups as part of an effort to increase a commitment to education.
The southwestern Michigan museum recently announced the "Gilmore Promise," which also includes special discounted family rates and extending the youth admission rate to those up to age 17. Organized educational groups can make arrangements for free admission.
"We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to all schools and all school districts and educational groups," Fred Colgren, Director of Education, said in a statement. Colgren recently joined the Gilmore Car Museum staff following his retirement from Kalamazoo Central High School.
The museum is located in Hickory Corners, about 20 miles northeast of Kalamazoo. In 2013, the museum said it hosted about 2,000 students. It hopes to draw more "by making the heritage of the American automobile accessible to everyone," Colgren said.