Poplar Grove Vintage Wings And Wheels Museum

5151 Orth Rd Ste A-1, Poplar Grove, IL 61065 - United States




The Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum is one of Boone County’s hidden gems. Located near the Poplar Grove Airport the museum's mission places a focus on aviation transportation from 1903 to 1938. The Vintage Wings and Wheels museum does not just showcase artifacts from the past, but also places an emphasis on the personal stories that connect us to the past. It's through those personal connections that we can learn about the past and better prepare for the future. Please join us as we explore how transportation and aviation have changed how we travel, work and play.


Within the walls of the historic Waukesha hangar (Works Progress Administration, 1938) you will glimpse the world of early transportation and transportation culture. You will find artifacts large and small dating from the late 1800s through the 1930s. Within our greater museum campus you will discover historic buildings that have been restored to their original appearances and represent their original functions. Two 1930s airplane hangars represent the Golden Age of Aviation. The Hamilton hanger was produced by the same company that manufactured our Slim’s Garage building. The Springfield hangar was originally located at an airport near Springfield, Illinois. Slim’s Garage is a 1930s auto garage that served the town of Green Lake, Wisconsin. The Sunoco filling station is a mass produced design that was sold to local purveyors by the Sun Oil Company.

As you walk through the walls of the historic Waukesha airplane hangar you are invited to step into a time that has past, but one that had a profound impact on our lives today.

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