America’s Car Museum

USA – 32 miles south of Seattle

http://burlingtoncarshow.ca/?p=1057 America’s Car Museum (ACM)
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA

WEB: www.americascarmuseum.org
TEL: +1 (253) 779-8490

MUSEUM TYPE
This is a car museum – a sub-set of the LeMay Collection.

OPENING
10:00-17:00, 7 days a week
The Museum closes at 15:00 on Independence Day, July 4.
The Museum closes at 15:00 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

DESCRIPTION
LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is an educational institution dedicated to preserve and interpret the history and technology of the automobile and its influence on American culture. The Museum displays vehicles donated from the LeMay Collection as well as its own acquisitions. It preserves and interprets additional vehicles and artifacts which enable it to promote America’s automotive heritage. ACM is committed to its educational charter and there are education programs for young and old, enthusiast and general public to explore broad themes of American mobility and lifestyle in an instructive and entertaining manner.

ACM features a selection of cars originally from Harold and Nancy LeMay’s vast collection. The exhibit helps to show the diversity of the 3000+ cars that they collected during their lifetime. The cars on display span over 100 years covering the development of the automobile, with a heavy influence on American cars.

The ACM Collection consists of automotive artifacts and 250 automobiles spanning over 100 years of automotive history, plus approximately another 100 vehicles on exhibit loan from private collections. ACM has open storage galleries for collection vehicles not on active display, giving visitors the opportunity to see the majority of the collection. The collection celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile and includes both domestic and foreign marques. The vehicles listed below are a small representative sampling of the types of vehicles on display at the Museum (exhibits are changed from time to time).

EXHIBITS

Exotics@ACM: Seductive supercars
Tools of the Trade: Powering the working class
Lucky’s Garage: A tribute to Howard E. Lemay
Route 66: Dream if the mother road
Legends of Motorsport: the story of NASCAR
Classics and Custom Coachworks
British Invasion
Master Collectors
Alternative Propulsion

Sample selection of cars:

1913 Daimler Type 20 Touring
1925 Ford Roadster Model T Pickup Truck
1928 Ford Model A Cabriolet
1929 Cadillac Series 321 B Victoria Coupé
1930 Duesenberg Model J Roadster
1930 Lincoln Model L Custom Town Car
1930 Packard 740 Custom Super Eight
1931 Ford Model A Panel
1940 Chrysler Crown Imperial Limousine
1940 Lincoln Zephyr
1946 Half Ton series 63C Pickup Truck
1952 MG TD
1953 Willys Overland Model 475
1953 Citroën 2CV, Peking to Paris
1954 Lincoln Capri Bardhal
1958 Chevrolet Impala Special Sport Coupé
1958 Plymouth Belvedere “Christine”
1960 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1966 Buick Skylark GS
1966 Ford Mustang
1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Sport Coupé
1972 Oldsmobile Hurst
1983 Mercury Wagon 005
1994 Flintmobile

HISTORY
Harold E. LeMay was the owner of Harold LeMay Enterprises, a refuse company in the Tacoma, Washington metro area. Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, other vehicles and related memorabilia in the world. At its peak, the LeMay Collection numbered in excess of 3,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts. The Collection is broadly American and spans the 20th Century powerfully demonstrating both the dominance of the American auto industry in that time period as well as the American experience with the automobile.

Harold and Nancy intuitively knew the power of the Collection through the experiences they shared with family and friends at car shows and swap meets across the nation. They also knew its power from the stories it elicited from all who spoke with them at their Annual Car Show and Open House which has drawn thousands of people to the LeMay homestead each August for more than a quarter century. Harold and Nancy knew that the power of their Collection would be lost if it, like the wonderful Harrah’s Collection, was ever dispersed individually or in small lots to numerous buyers. It became their dream to ensure their marvelous Collection never suffered the fate that befell Harrah’s.

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FACILITIES
There is a café and shop on-site.

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