Now that you’ve been to the Museum of Science and Industry and The Field so many times you could lead a tour, it’s time to earn a little extra credit. When you’re craving something new and culture’s on the menu, check out a hidden gem museum that’s just a mini road trip away. We dug up 9 goodies that are within an hour’s drive of Chicago. Click through to see them all, from a secret nature center to an auto museum with superhero appeal.

Volo Auto Museum – Volo

Does your kid go crazy for cars? An hour northwest of Chicago, this wheel-tastic museum is a draw for car nuts of all ages. Famous movie cars such as the actual Batmobile, Scooby Doo Van, Cinderella’s Carriage and Spongebob Squarepants Boatmobile are on view. You can also check out Volo’s “bizarre car collection,” which includes a car crafted out of a piano. There are also plenty of coin kiddie rides for the youngest children in your group.

27582 Volo Village Rd.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $15/adults; $9/children 5-12; free for ages 4 & under.

Do you have a favorite hidden gem museum? Tell us about it in the Comments!

— Amy Bizzarri & Jenny Muslin