America’s Car Museum Shifts into Fifth Year

Jun 2, 2017

It’s five years and counting for America’s Car Museum (ACM), and the sprawling, four-story, 165,000-square-foot facility in Tacoma, Washington’s Museum District plans to celebrate with the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala on June 3.

Since opening its doors on June 2, 2012, ACM has become a world-class attraction, hosted visitors from all 50 states and 47 countries, housed 815 vehicles (including cars, motorcycles and boats) and conducted more than 600 museum tours.

In 2016, ACM became a part of America’s Automotive Trust, a not-for-profit aimed at securing a vibrant future for the collector car industry and honoring America’s motoring legacy for generations to come.

“The drive to build an international destination to tell the story of America’s love affair with the automobile was an immense undertaking,” said David Madeira, America’s Automotive Trust president and CEO. “Against all odds, we managed to build the museum during very difficult economic times, thanks to donations from the LeMay family, as well as countless individuals and organizations that believed in our vision.”

The Museum’s eclectic cars and rotating exhibits such as Legends of Motorsports, F-Series: The Truck that Grew Up with America and Exotics @ ACM: Seductive Supercars offer a glimpse into the histories of different marques and vehicle types.

“The wide-ranging assortment at ACM is truly one-of-a-kind and the vehicles rotated into the museum are prominently displayed alongside staple exhibits like Lucky’s Garage, which pays tribute to Harold LeMay’s unbelievable treasure trove of cars and auto-related memorabilia,” said Paul E. Miller, ACM president and COO. “But, just having a stunning collection wasn’t going to set ACM apart from other car museums, so we regularly are involved with the community and undertake a wide range of activities and events locally and nationally.”

The museum hosts signature events as well as banquets, corporate presentations and events, seminars, military balls, high school proms, charity fundraisers and weddings.

“The automobile had a significant impact on our nation’s heritage and development, and our current focus is ensuring that unforgettable vehicles are enjoyed by future generations,” added Madeira. “This was the driving force behind the formation of America’s Automotive Trust, a not-for-profit organization that provides funding assistance for a handful of programs focused on ensuring the continuity of the collector car industry.”

America’s Automotive Trust was formed in 2016 with four founding member entities: ACM, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto and the Concours Club. The organization recently completed its second cross-country winter journey to the North American International Auto Show with a trio of vintage vehicles from the ACM collection and held enthusiast gatherings in many cities along the way.

In addition to the June 3 fifth-year celebration, ACM will be offering discounted admission on every fifth day of the month throughout the year, discounts for membership and additional items for existing members.