LeMay – America’s Car Museum reopened a while ago after closures last year, here’s why you should visit it.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum is dedicated to showcasing the impact of automobiles throughout American history. The museum was created by Harold and Nancy LeMay, who have the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, other vehicles, and related memorabilia in the world. The building is right across from the Tacoma Dome, and a short ride on the Link away from UWT. The museum, with its uniquely designed, 165,000 sq. ft. building and a 3.5 acre show field cannot be missed.
The museum features limited-time exhibits such as “Saleen: A journey from the heart of a racer to America’s supercar”, which offers a unique display of Steve Saleen’s rich automotive history. Others such as the 1918 Cadillac Type 57 exhibit. Other permanent exhibits include “Lucky’s Garage: A tribute to Harold E. LeMay”, “Legends of motorsport: The NASCAR story”, “British Invasion”, “Classics and Custom Coachworks”, “Alfa Romeo. Born from Passion”, and “Route 66: See the USA in your Chevrolet”.
There are programs available for both children and adults. Some of the virtual programs for children are offered through school field trips. Energy Explorations, helps students explore the principles of energy and design. Force and Motion explores the basics of force and motion with two fun hands-on activities. Lastly, Plant Propulsion introduces students to biofuels and other alternative energy sources. Students can also experience hands-on workshops featuring projects that they can take home.
There are also lectures available for adults, such as the “If Cars Could Talk” series. In these lectures, a speaker picks a car and offers a fascinating peek into its history. This lecture occurs on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm and for the time being is held digitally.
Currently, masks are required for all museum staff and patrons, in accordance with Governor Inslee’s mask mandate.
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