America’s Car Museum Opens in Tacoma

By Laura Dannen May 18, 2012 Published in the June 2012 issue of Seattle Met

Jay Leno’s multimillion-dollar cache of hot rods is nothing compared to the record-setting stash of vintage cars amassed by Tacoma’s Nancy LeMay and her late husband, Harold. At its peak, the fleet boasted over 3,000 four-wheeled beauties: Model Ts and Roadsters, a 1963 Chevy Corvette and an ’83 DeLorean. It was Harold’s dream to turn his passion project into a museum, and this month, the LeMay hot wheels move into America’s Car Museum—a new four-story, 165,000-square-foot facility by the Tacoma Dome and one of the largest auto museums in the world. An outdoor car show, go-kart racing, and a concert celebrate opening day. Car lovers, start your engines.

America’s Car Museum Opening day celebration: Events begin June 2 at 9am; museum doors open at 11am. Regular museum admission and hours: $12–$14, $8 children ages 5–12, children under 5 free; 10–5 daily. 2702 East D St, Tacoma, 253-779-8490;

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