(Photos by Columbus Alive) – Columbus, Ohio is a city on the rise. The suddenly trendy downtown is packed with great restaurants and there are many elements of life in Columbus that are resurgent. The place is making lists of the top cities in the country to visit and live in, there are a load of interesting things to do there, including catching a ride on a futuristic driverless shuttle that operates in an area known as the Scioto mile. There’s also a little private car museum owned by a real estate banker that’s the highest rated thing to do in Columbus on Trip Advisor. The story of the museum and how this all happened in really cool and totally BangShifty.
Car museums, by their definition are naturally a little on the stuffy side, right? You have stuff sitting there that you are not supposed to touch of mess around with, it is all kind of static and maybe there are some descriptor plates to read that shed more light onto what you are looking at. Not Steve Wagner’s museum. The guy owns the place and gives the guided tours himself, about 300 a year. You need to effectively book an appointment and show up on a schedule but frankly it seems worth it.
The other killer thing about this story is the fact that the cars in the museum are not one-offs, huge dollar hyper cars, or multi-million dollar vintage Ferraris. There are Packards, Chevrolets, cars, trucks, etc. It is the kind of place that even casual gearheads would be interested in checking out.
This is a neat story. A little museum started by a guy who loves cars that continues to thrive in a thriving city.