Automobiles quickly replaced horses when it was discovered that cars don't spook at the sound of thunder and can be parallel parked without the promise of a sugar cube. Trace the history of the automobile with today's Groupon to Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield. Choose from three options:
- For $8, you get two adult admissions to the museum (up to a $16 value).
- For $16, you get four adult admissions to the museum (up to a $32 value).
- For $39, you get a one-year family membership for two adults and two children (an $85 value).
The Kemp Auto Museum brims with more than 40 rare and classic European vehicles, sporting an impressive collection that strives to encompass automotive history from the turn of the 19th century to modern times. Once inside, guests can browse such historically significant vehicles as the 1886 Benz patent motorwagen, whose 0.75 horsepower engine often led its drivers to victory during drag races against rough-and-tumble gangs of cane walkers. Then foray into the signature collection of Mercedes Benz cars, which includes the luxurious 1972 Mercedes 600, the first of the company's models to employ a V8 engine. The family-membership package garners two adults and two children free admission to the museum's showroom for one year as well as a subscription to the Kemp Auto Museum's online newsletter. Additionally, members learn the door-opening secret handshakes to an array of exclusive activities, including special exhibitions and car shows, and access to the museum's educational programs at a reduced cost.
Kemp Auto Museum
Fred M. Kemp, Sr. fell in love with the first Mercedes-Benz he ever bought. So he bought 40 more. Over the course of 30 years, his obsession created a collection of some of the rarest and most groundbreaking cars ever made. Upon his passing in 2004, he deeded his cars to the public for exhibition and education, founding the Kemp Auto Museum born to house his extensive collection.
Kemp's legacy includes one of Karl Benz's patent Motorwagens, which captivated the public's imagination when Mrs. Benz drove the device 112 miles to visit her mother in 1888. At the other end of the spectrum sits the 1960 Mercedes 220SE Cabriolet, whose 134-horsepower fuel-injected engine could have ferried Mrs. Benz to her mother's house in about an hour. Visitors can take either docent-led or audio tours to see the standing exhibit, or catch one of the touring special exhibits, featuring classic cars such as department-store Crosleys and classic engines such as Fred Flintstone's feet.