If you happen to visit in the Northwest area, especially in the South Pugent Sound, one museum that you should not miss is the LeMay America’s Car Museum. This museum was opened on June 2012. This museum is among the largest auto museums in the world. It is located adjacent to Tacoma dome, another landmark here in Washington, and along Interstate 5. In the museum are about 500 galleries of cars in a four story building of different type, made, speed, and technology and showcasing vehicles since the 1900′s and up. Most of the cars are from the LeMay family who amassed a collection in thousands to include vintage and limited editions. Other cars are on loans too from other collectors.
The entrance fee of the museum is $14 and $12 for military, students, and seniors, $8 for kids and below 5 years old is free. The parking fee is $5; and during occasions or events happening, make sure to come in early as parking will surely be hard to find. Inside the museum, you can also find shops for souvenirs and the museum cafe featuring classics by the Pacific Grill at the museum’s mezzanine.
There are for sure lots of interesting cars at the museum and for car enthusiasts this museum is surely an eye candy. The cars on display are all in its shining glory. My husband asked one of the attendants if all cars are still running and they said almost all are and they rotate the cars on display those from the LeMay’s and other collectors in order to keep the display fresh as possible. You can also get some information of the car’s history on it’s monitor display making it more interesting and adding to your knowledge about it.
Among the cars our girls were so excited to see are these in picture below:
And who would have thought you will see Flintstone’s car used in the making of “The Flintstones’ Movie” in the museum.
It is surely an educational and historical experience at the museum with the family. You will surely see the development of America’s car culture and its “love affair” with cars. The museum is hosting a lot of interesting events and to all car enthusiasts, those are the ones to watch out for.