Like, Karl Anderson (letter, 6-5), I appreciated the article about the first anniversary of LeMay-America’s Car Museum. However, I was disappointed with the poor reporting on our exhibitions. As Anderson pointed out, a simple check with collection manager Renee Crist or discussion with Scot Keller, who curates our exhibits, would have led to a different story.
The museum is founded on the premise of providing a good time for its visitors. While the expensive set-piece “backdrops” change less frequently, the cars within the stories change regularly. In addition, the State Farm Theatre has been upgraded; while we opened with one movie in the theater, we now have three movies playing. The motorcycle display, curated by the local Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts, changes every month. We have added a Collector Hall of Fame and renovated the Speed Zone and Club Auto facilities.
A better focus for the article might have been the fact that the changing shows bring in cars and motorcycles from around the country regularly – vehicles never seen before in this region. And most importantly, as promised, the museum has had a tremendous impact on Tacoma as nearly 75 percent of our quarter million visitors are from beyond Pierce County. That’s a statistic worth celebrating.
(Madeira is the museum’s CEO.)