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LeMay museum opening date set

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on April 20, 2011 at 11:55 am with 12 Comments »
April 20, 2011 11:58 am

Officials with LeMay America’s Car Museum announced today that they’ve scheduled the grand opening of the downtown car collection for May 19, 2012, not quite two years after they broke ground on city property on the west side of the Tacoma Dome.

“We’ve managed to build a museum … during difficult economic times when nearly everybody said it couldn’t be done,” museum President and CEO David Madeira said in a statement.

Madeira said the museum, on time and on budget, will have 15 galleries housing up to 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the well-known local collection of the late Harold E. LeMay and his wife, Nancy. Other features include a 3.5-acre show field, theater, café, banquet hall and education center.

Next year’s opening date of May 19 falls on a Saturday.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. Kevindot1 says:

    Cool! I can’t wait. Between the newly renovated Cheney Stadium, the LeMay Car Museum, and the McMenamin’s Elk’s Lodge project, Tacoma is looking up and getting some pretty cool attractions.

  2. Could not agree more !! keep it going TACOMA looking great

  3. It is about time the city acted. Lemay offered his private collection which has been described as ten or more times larger than Harrah’s collection.
    Tacoma has always had a bias against anything involving automobiles, such as the early racing at the location of Clover Park Tech college where great racing names competed (they didn’t think there was any future in auto racing so they let Indianapolis have it), the first Tacoma Grand Prix where NASCAR sanctioned the very FIRST road race where the city simply wasn’t interested even though private money was pledged to hold it again, and now the unfortunate delay in building the LeMay museum. Seems that the local officials were more interested in building a museum to house the hideous neon art of Chihuly. Tacoma officials always seem to be regarded as believing Tacoma is a big time city while they act like country bumpkins. SAD.

  4. Frankly123 says:

    I don’t know if anyone said it “couldn’t” be done, I don’t think it SHOULD’VE been done. But, we all know city officials and other rich people usually get done exactly what they want to get done, public necessity and consideration aside. Oh sure, they tout the benefits and niceties it will bring to the public, but really, it’s their own monuments and legacies that they are really pushing for. It’s very frustrating.

  5. Super. Not enough high priced parking available for anything going on at the Tacoma Dome, already so let’s wipe out more spaces AND create a need for more all spaces at the same time. I won’t be spending a cent toward a car museum.

  6. “We’ve managed to build a museum … during difficult economic times when nearly everybody said it couldn’t be done,” museum President and CEO David Madeira said in a statement

    But with who’s money?

  7. MustangJack says:

    Nice! Definitely something to look forward to. Tacoma is kind of a car town, so it should fit in well.

  8. There is one problem with this scenario. The facility that is currently being built isn’t the “Museum”. It is the car storage facilty for the museum which may or may never be constructed. It is going to be very interesting to see the City and the Lemay folks spin that one when this thing finally opens.

  9. guidocarmasi says:

    That will be great. I can play golf at the world famous Chamber Bay Golf Course in the morning(if I can get on) and then tour the world famous museum in the afternoon and then dinner in the evening in one of our world class restaurants . What a day!!!!!!

  10. mountainfisherman says:

    WHO CARES they took one parking lot away from the dome that means you have to park some were further away than most poeple would like. i know i wound go to any more events at the dome. if you really knew how lemay got his cars you wouldn’t be that excited. granted it a beautiful car collection, but they should of built it along the waterfront. ok i through.

  11. Kevindot1 says:

    Nastics, post something to back that claim up, because I believe you are wrong.

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