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.