Issue: Jun 2011


Americas Car Museum: Home to More than a Century of Autos



by Steve Barclay

Museums are sometimes perceived as one-dimensional, somewhat stuffy environments. Conversely, LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM), which opens in May 2012, is designed to be “a vibrant nine-acre campus that compels people to return over and over,” says David Madeira, ACM president and CEO. “It’s not just a museum building.”

Accordingly, Madeira announced that ACM, a 165,000-sq.-ft., four-story complex in Tacoma, Wash. – which is dedicated to preserving more than a century of automotive history – has begun accepting reservations for corporate, community and private events.

“Imagine getting married in the shadow of a Duesenberg collection or holding an annual meeting surrounded by muscle cars,” says Madeira. “Our Museum mission is to be at the heart of the world’s car culture. Simultaneously, our campus is also designed to create a memorable atmosphere by utilizing our banquet facilities, café and theater. We’ve even got a 3.5-acre outdoor show field where we’re planning to host concerts, car shows and large civic events.”

The museum, situated 30 miles south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, will feature cars of all shapes and sizes, from Ford Mustangs to Rolls-Royces and Studebakers to Toyota Corollas. Designed with enough space to tell the story of America’s love affair with the automobile, the Museum will be able to accommodate groups from five to 2,500 people.

ACM has more than a dozen individually configured, ADA-compliant event spaces, including the Museum’s Grand Gallery, with a 500-guest capacity and outstanding acoustics for concerts or activities involving public speaking or auctions; the ACM Banquet Room is geared to host business events such as board meetings, professional seminars and conferences; the Museum’s Cafe venue provides an alternative for smaller events and gatherings; and the expansive outdoor Show Field is capable of hosting concerts, festivals and civic events.

Event organizers interested in hosting an event at ACM, can find information at http://www.lemaymuseum.org/page.php?id=421

ABOUT LeMay - AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM (www.lemaymuseum.org)
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, set for a 2012 opening in Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, a banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit (www.lemaymuseum.org)



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