Culture Dose: LeMay-America’s Car Museum

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All systems are go at Tacoma’s hottest new site.

Car lovers, rev up those engines. Beginning June 2, a brand-new, four-story museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Sited on a nine-acre campus in Tacoma, LeMay–America’s Car Museum (ACM) can be found adjacent to the Tacoma Dome and off I-5 (annually traveled by more than 7 million motorists).

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According to museum staff, “ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture. The spacious facility will house up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.”

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So what will visitors find here? A 165,000-square-foot museum, center for collectors’ cars, 3.5-acre show field, banquet hall, cafe/restaurant and more. Displays will feature cars ranging from a 1906 Cadillac Model M and a 1921 Ford Model T to more recent gems like a 1983 DeLorean DMC 12.

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“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and we’re going to showcase more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”

LeMay–America’s Car Museum  |  2702 East D Street, Tacoma | (253) 272-2336