Quirky Attraction: The Indianapolis 500 Museum

indy 500 winning 1951 car

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
When to visit: Open everyday 10-4 during the winter, 9-6 spring through fall
Cost: Adults $10, kids $5
Time needed: 60 minutes
Website: www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/at-the-track/museum

This Sunday, May 29, is the 100th running of the iconic Indianapolis 500 race. If you want to experience the full history of this legendary event, stop by the Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

indy 500 hall of fame museum

What you’ll find here are artifacts from a century of auto racing, including many of the actual cars that won the Indy 500. It’s fascinating to see how the design of the cars has changed over the years.

These are the winning cars from 1911 and 2011. Try to guess which is which!

1911-2011-indy-winning-cars

Below is the winning car from 1912. Interesting story on this one: Joe Dawson drove this 4-cylinder car and only took over the lead with 2 laps remaining, when the leader’s vehicle broke down.

1912 indy 500 winner

There’s plenty more to see, so it’s worth stopping by even if you’re not a huge racing fan.

indy 500 trophy heads

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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