LeMay – America’s Car Museum

The LeMay – America’s Car Museum is located in Washington, Tacoma. The museum, which opened on June 2, 2012, is located next to the Dome of Tacoma. The family of Harold LeMay donated many of the vehicles on the show to the museum.

Harold LeMay owned Harold LeMay Enterprises, a profitable trash company in the metro region of Tacoma, and acquired the world’s greatest personal car collection. Following his death, the entire area of Tacoma donated 4.0 ha or 10 acres of property near the Dome of Tacoma for a museum to house the automobile collection. A large portion of the collection is still housed at Marymount University’s LeMay Family Collection in Spanaway. The LeMay museum comprises a 350-vehicle gallery and 1.53 acres or 165,000 square feet of exhibit space, with cars famous for their design, speed, and technology, as well as their significance to car or vehicle culture. There are additional restoration shops, souvenir shops, lecture spaces, a banquet area, a café, and galleries in the structure.

Commencement Bay, Downtown Tacoma, the Olympic Mountains, and Thea Foss Waterway, may all be seen from the mezzanine level, main level, and outside terrace. A  1.2 hectare or 3-acre courtyard and vehicle clubhouse are located outside the museum. Auto exhibitions, auctions, swap meetings, new car debuts, car club events, and a Concours d’Elegance can all be held in the outside area.

“Club Auto” or satellite facilities in Colorado, Tacoma, Lakewood, and Kirkland have been established by the museum.


The LeMay Museum is expected to cost $100 million. Nancy LeMay, Harold LeMay’s wife, gave the museum $15 million. The land provided by Tacoma city to the museum is valued at $17 million.

With a $1.6 million donation in 2008, the AAA or American Automobile Association of Washington became the greatest corporate donor to date.

Boeing, Bonhams, State Farm Insurance, and The News Tribune, are among the museum’s other key sponsors. Other contributors include auto clubs, citizens, and car collectors, from all around the world. LARGE architecture, based in Los Angeles, is the museum’s architect. The museum’s general contractor was JTM Construction.


First and foremost, you should be aware that this is North America’s largest automobile museum. Not only is America’s Car Museum the largest in the country, but it was also rated one of the top ten automotive museums in the world by MSN.

The museum is structured in such a way that you view half of it on your way down to the bottom level, then the other half when you return to the top. It’s a little like IKEA in that there are arrows on the ground directing you where to go!

The majority of the collection is still housed at Marymount University’s LeMay Family Collection in nearby Spanaway. The museum comprises a 350-vehicle gallery and 165,000 square feet (1.53 acres) of exhibit space, with cars remarkable for their speed, technology, and design, as well as their significance to car culture.

The $60 million LeMay-Car America’s Museum opened Saturday with an exhibit of roughly 150 vehicles, many of which are rare and come from the late Harold LeMay’s private collection. 28-May-2012.

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