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LeMay American Car Museum

Jul 27, 2017

Life is a Highway 

From your grandfather’s favorite muscle car to the car of your dreams, the LeMay American Car Museum is a unique and fascinating experience to add to your bucket list.  Perched high in the heart of Tacoma, the LeMay facility boasts 10 acres of land dedicated to automobile exploration. The car gallery itself houses over 350 timeless vehicles, and gives visitors the chance to discover each car’s individual design, technologies and overall contributions to the culture of automobiles. Aside from the impressive collection of cars, the museum offers ample opportunities for visitors to get behind the wheel and interact with various exhibits.  Lecture halls, restoration shops, a café, and videogame-like amusements provide endless opportunities to get lost in the automotive world.

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Harold LeMay was the original owner of the vast private car collection, as well as the refuse company Harold LeMay Enterprises. Upon his death, the city of Tacoma donated 10 acres of land to house a portion of his car collection, and further developed the remarkable museum to timelessly showcase American automotive history. Major museum sponsors include the American Automotive Association (AAA), Bonhams and Boeing. Stop by the notable museum today, and take a ride through history.

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Before You Start Your Engines…

  • There is so much to see under one roof, so plan for a few hours of perusing so you’re sure to have enough time at each exhibit.
  • LeMay offers a full calendar of creative and fascinating events- check out what’s happening at the museum here.
  • Test your speed driving skills, or even stop for a short film in the theatre-  there are a multitude of fun activities offered at LeMay every day. 

Racers Rave:

“We really enjoyed our visit.  The knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers and staff make this place.  Many dozens of cars from the late 1890s to current times including beautiful cars, innovative cars, fast cars, famous cars.  I'm not as much of a car enthusiast as my husband, but still thoroughly enjoyed my visit.” –Janice C., Yelp

“There is no denying that the LeMay Car Museum has a number of awesome aspects. The building itself is an architectural wonder. The layout is easy to understand. Being able to ride in older cars around their test track outside is a unique and extremely cool idea.” – Rick H., Yelp

“Beautiful building, beautiful cars, and a well-designed layout that doesn't disappoint. Some interactive things for kids, some for adults, and you get a free picture in an old car they print for you as well as send via email. There is a good mix of different eras and makers. There’s a short description of each car, that is easy to read, and some have additional info running on a TV screen.” –Dustin R., Yelp 

Points of Interest

In Tacoma

  • LeMay Car Museum
  • Museum of Glass
  • Space Needle
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Seattle Monorail
  • Emerald City Trolley
  • Argosy Cruises
  • Children's Museum
  • Museum of Flight

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