Last updated: 11/3/2011
Auburn, Indiana
Street Address
1000 Gordon M Place
Auburn, IN 46706
Mailing Address
1000 Gordon M Buehrig Pl
Auburn, IN 46706
phone: 260-925-9100
9-5 daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year'
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Don Grogg, Executive Director


Before you make your visit to the museum, be sure to check our hours of business along with location of the museum. While Auburn is a quaint little town there are other museums to visit and some historic houses on Main Street that are worth a drive by. Then when you are hungry there are quite a few unique places to eat and then head to the antique shops in town. Lodging is not a problem in Auburn if you care to take your time in our museum and need another day on your visit.

NATMUS is located in the former factory buildings of the Auburn Automobile Company:

1. Service Building: This building was built in 1923 and was used for test – driving automobiles, factory service and distribution of parts to distributors and dealers all over the world. If a person lived near Auburn and wanted his automobile serviced at the factory, this would be done in the Service Building. When the 810-812 cords were test driven and guaranteed to do over 100 M.P.H., they were tuned, prepared and tested from the Service Building. Each car was provided with a plaque signed by race driver, Ab Jenkins, indicating how fast the car had been driven at the factory.

2. L29 / Experimental Building: This building was built in 1928-29 and was the first new building that E.L. Cord constructed after he assumed management of the company. Intended for the assembly of the L29 Cord, the upper level of this building was actually used to prepare the L29s for shipment after they were assembled on the Auburn” line.

The lower level was used for experimental cars and the construction of prototypes. The first one hundred 812 Cords were hand built on the lower level. Fred Duesenberg, Gordon Buehrig, Alan Leamy, Herb Snow and other prominent designers, engineers, and builders used the lower level for their creations


National Automotive & Truck Model & Toy Museum A museum within a museum, NATMATMUS features toy and model cars and trucks ranging in age from 1894 to the present. Additional exhibits of toys and models are located in showcases throughout the museum.


The Eckhart Building located near the entrance of NATMUS is where Eckhart buggies were made. As the Auburn Automobile Company evolved, the earliest cars were built in this building. The transition from buggies to automobiles is interpreted in the Eckhart Building. It is open for special events.


If you would like to be a part of one of the fastest growing and most interesting museums in the country please join us by becoming a member. Annual memberships are only $30.00 for a Family and $25.00 for Seniors and Students. We also have a Life membership available for only $1,000.00 Membership not only gets you free admission but it is actually your ownership in the museum.


It is the mission of NATMUS to exhibit cars that have been built in the tradition of the Auburn Automobile Comapny. These include outstanding examples of postwar cars. Trucks exhibited range from 1907 to modern concept trucks. The truck heritage of the City of Auburn and its McIntyre Company, which built a full range of trucks from 1907 until about 1915, is recognized.



The L29 Cord was the first production front wheel drive automobile in America. The 810-812 cord was a revolutionary design that changed automotive history. It was the first car with unibody construction, concealed gas cap, disappearing headlights, and displayed many other innovations.

Both buildings are also significant from an architectural standpoint. The Service Building is built with a lattice arch roof system that provides a 70 foot clear span using 2” x 6” lumber. The L29 / Experimental Building features Monitor windows, which provide maximum natural light. When the windows are open by pulling the chains, an early type of “air conditioner” results in that air is pulled from side windows through the Monitor windows – to provide fresh air and a slight breeze.


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