Toledo, Ohio, is set to become the home of the Jeep Experience Museum in 2022. With hopes to get Toledo back on track, The Jeep Experience plans to feature interactive exhibits and attract international tourists.
The Birth of an Icon
Before entering World War II, the US military created a contract for someone to design and manufacture the Willys MB. Willys-Overland of Toledo won that bid, and Jeep took off in the American home.
The debate about where Jeep gets its iconic name may never find resolve. Some people say World War II soldiers nicknamed the Jeep after Eugene from the cartoon Popeye, while others believe the name came as a twist on the original military designation “GP,” which stands for “general-purpose.”
Toledo has plans to utilize an existing structure for the museum, and a nonprofit organization will unveil the details as they become available. The project is set to cost nearly $40 million and expected to gather 250,000 visitors annually in a 56,000-square-foot facility.
Several minds and hands around the Toledo area are playing significant roles in the planning. Planners are looking at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee and the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for inspiration on layout, features, and overall experience.
Things To Do
Keeping in mind that this is all tentative and not currently available, there are some things to think about when you’re getting excited about a possible trip. Some of the ideas in the works include:
- Off-road trails for Jeeps to explore
- A potential Jeep-themed restaurant
- Hotel accommodations adjacent to the museum
Before planning your trip to the Jeep Experience Museum, ensure your vintage military Jeep restoration project comes together seamlessly with M151A2 parts from Army Jeep Parts. We carry all the supplies necessary to get your Jeep ready for an interactive event in Toledo.