Let’s Look Under the Hood
ACM is designed to preserve history and celebrate the world’s automotive culture. The spacious facility houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book record of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-‘90s.
* It was designed by the Los Angeles based firm, LARGE architecture.
* ACM was built from the ground down and features four levels.
* The Museum is 165,000 square feet with rotating exhibits.
* It showcases up to 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles in its various galleries.
* Outside of the Museum is 3.5-acre show field that can hold 250 vehicles.
* ACM has attracted approximately 400,000 visitors from all 50 states and more than 40 countries since opening in June 2012.
A 30-minute ride from Seattle in the portside city of Tacoma, America’s Car Museum (ACM) is an architectural showstopper. Rendered in dramatically arched steel with lines that evoke the aerodynamics and movement of a speeding automobile, this nine-acre facility is one of the world’s largest auto museums.
Inside, arranged like glittering jewels, is a world-class gallery of automotive iron that artfully celebrates the beauty, grace, style, elegance, brute force, and historical significance of the automobile. Highlights include a showroom condition ’48 Tucker, legendary racecars, American classics, pre-Nascar bootleg hot rods, and splendid examples of automotive exotica from around the globe.
Exhibits are beautifully arranged to include archival photos and detailed explanations regarding the era, significance and pedigree associated with the cars, their drivers and those who created them.
“Everybody remembers their first car, family driving vacations, a sports car they fell in love with as a teenager,” says ACM President and CEO David Madeira. “Personal experiences with cars are at the heart of the American experience, and AMC showcases more than a century of automotive lifestyle and history as well as the future of transportation.”
Established in 2012, AMC features an excellent café, Classics by Pacific Grill. The café graces the mezzanine level and provides stunning views of the Showcase Gallery that is filled with gleaming automotive examples, as well as downtown Tacoma, the Thea Foss Waterway and majestic Commencement Bay.
LeMay – America’s Car Museum
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, Washington 98421
By: Greg Root
Photos: Allen Carrasco