More than a museum

America’s Car Museum

LeMay – America’s Car Museum, a member of America’s Automotive Trust, is an international destination for families and auto enthusiasts to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile and learn how it shaped our society. Based in Tacoma, Wash., the stunning 165,000-sq.-ft. facility has been recognized as one of MSN’s 10 Best Automotive Museums worldwide, USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle and KING5’s Best Museum in Western Washington. ACM serves as an educational center for students of all ages, features 12 rotating exhibits and hosts America’s Automotive Trust’s annual Signature Events.

ACM Campus

  • 165,000-sq.-ft. museum
  • 3.5-acre show field
  • Galleries
  • Banquet hall
  • Meeting space
  • Car storage
  • Café
  • Administrative offices
  • Adjacent to the Tacoma Dome – just off Interstate 5

ACM Vision

  • Preserve America’s automotive treasures
  • Promote America’s automotive heritage
  • Offer educational training programs in automotive preservation and restoration
  • Serve as a gathering place where enthusiasts from around the world come to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile
  • A creator of a social network for automotive enthusiasts, serious collectors, educational entities, and museums through promotion of and active involvement in automotive activities around the world
  • A showcase for the auto industries to portray present achievements and future directions in design, technology, and product development
  • Form strategic alliances with like-minded institutions desirous of promoting our love affair with the automobile
  • Develop sponsor partnerships with industry partners to promote education, driving, preservation and other activities

ACM Mission

LeMay – America’s Car Museum is a non-profit organization chartered to preserve and interpret the history and technology of the automobile and its influence on American culture. The Museum is dedicated to securing and interpreting the valuable LeMay Collection and to acquiring, preserving and interpreting additional artifacts that explore broad themes of American mobility and lifestyle in an instructive and entertaining manner. The Museum will sustain its vital public service through viable, professional operations and complementary alliances.

ACM History

Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, other vehicles and related memorabilia in the world. At its peak, the LeMay Collection numbered in excess of 3,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts. The Collection is broadly American and spans the 20th Century powerfully demonstrating both the dominance of the American auto industry in that time period as well as the American experience with the automobile.

Harold and Nancy intuitively knew the power of the Collection through the experiences they shared with family and friends at car shows and swap meets across the nation. They also knew its power from the stories it elicited from all who spoke with them at their Annual Car Show and Open House which has drawn thousands of people to the LeMay homestead each August for more than a quarter century. Harold and Nancy knew that the power of their Collection would be lost if it, like the wonderful Harrah’s Collection, was ever dispersed individually or in small lots to numerous buyers. It became their dream to ensure their marvelous Collection never suffered the fate that befell Harrah’s.

Read the full history here.