March 6, 2013

Quote of the Post: "An amazing car museum with collection of vintage and rare automobiles under a bright-silver crown". - Quote about 'LeMay - America's Car Museum' in Tacoma near Tacoma Dome - Sachin Kumar Gupta
LeMay America's Car Museum Tacoma - 1913 Reo The Fifth-St5

If you have love affair to see some vintage car collection, you are at one of the world’s largest auto museum, enjoy reading and racing. This was my first experience to one of the best car museum in the world. I get the chance to see the vintage and rare automobile collection like - Lincoln, Lambretta, Buick, Dodge, Cadillac, Pierce Arrow, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Austro Daimler, Ferrari, Ducati and many more.

I was just walking through the hotel lobby and glancing at the small booklets of the nearby places to visit in Seattle, then I came across "LeMay - America's Car Museum" in the city of Tacoma, Washington. I searched more details and finalized the plan for the weekend with Sunil. We took Sound Transit Bus (594) from Downtown Seattle to Tacoma Dome Station. It is 30 minutes south of Seattle and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. Vast Tacoma Dome is the landmark of the city, that can be marked easily. This new museum facility adjacent to the Tacoma Dome opened on June 2, 2012. Its flashy, bright-silver exterior is brilliant in its own with large parking areas. It is about "celebrating America's love affair with the automobile". The museum has a 500+ amazing car gallery showing cars remarkable for their speed, technology and design, as well as their importance to automobile industry. Most of the cars on display are donated by the family of Harold LeMay to the museum. It exhibits the car history of 19th century. (Cars collection since 1900 - till date) 

Spend a memorable day to view 7 exhibits with world-class rotating exhibits at four levels. The experience includes:
  • Harold E. LeMay Collection
  • Custom Coachworks 
  • British Invasion 
  • Nicola Bulgari Collection 
  • Indy 500 Racing 
  • Ferrari in America 
  • Alternative Propulsion: Showcasing over 100 years of automobiles powered by various combinations of steam, electric, gasoline, and solar, this exhibit shows the story of what has become our modern day electric/hybrid car.

LeMay America's Car Museum Tacoma - 1906 Cadillac Model M - Tulip Tourer

LeMay America's Car Museum Tacoma - 1917 Crane Simplex Model 5 Brewster Body

LeMay America's Car Museum Tacoma - 1930 Duesenberg Model J

Things to do and know about "The LeMay - America's Car Museum" [ACM]:
  • The entry can be combined with "Tacoma Glass Tour" or with "lunch".
  • Watch the professionals working in the vehicle preservation workshop.
  • The nice thing is that you can get really close to the cars and study the details without feeling the need to move.
  • At one end of the building, there are floor to ceiling windows with a great view of downtown Tacoma.
  • Enjoy the full top view of first floor car collection while having a tasty snacks at Pacific Grill Cafe.
  • Feel free to watch some short films in the State farm theatre.
  • If you are interested in sound/sight/motion racing simulators, with no unpleasant consequences even if you crash! Go racing Charges: $8
  • You can go to "Speed Zone" featuring pre class 4-lane slot car track. Charges: $3
  • With around 500+ autos, trucks and motorcycles on display it is impossible to absorb everything in one visit.
  • Pickup some amazing gifts like clothing, die-cast models, books, toys, and more in the museum store.
  • Location/Address of this place is: 2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA - 98421
  • It opens daily [10 a.m. to 5 p.m.] and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.
  • ACM is a dynamic and ever changing layout for racers of all ages and groups.
All in all though, if you come to Tacoma, you have to take the time to stop and see this fabulous place. Between the cars, the history, the architecture, the views and food, you won't be disappointed.
LeMay America's Car Museum Tacoma - 1923 Lincoln 124A Touring Car

LeMay America's Car Museum Tacoma - 1913 Daimler

LeMay America's Car Museum Tacoma - Ferrari In America


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Sudhir Chaudhary said...

Amazing car pics.

Rachit Kumar said...

Nice Collection.

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