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LeMay—America's Car Museum

  • 2702 E. D St. Map It
  • Tacoma
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/05/2016

Fodor's Review

About 350 meticulously restored automobiles, from some of the world's earliest models to brassy muscle cars from the late '60s, are displayed in this sleek, striking museum on the south side of downtown. It's one of the most impressive car museums in the country, with engaging exhibits on Route 66, alternative-fuel cars, NASCAR, and other aspects of automobile culture and history. The cars here were collected by the late Harold LeMay, whose entire inventory of some 4,000 autos is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest privately owned collection in the world. Highlights include a 1906 Cadillac Model M, a 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a 1930 Lincoln L Brougham, a 1953 Citroen 2CV, a 1960 Corvette, and a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. The café serves diner classics, including very tasty banana splits. If you're an ardent car enthusiast, it's worth making the 15-minute drive south to the related LeMay Family Collection Foundation at the Marymount Event Center in the Spanaway neighborhood of south Tacoma (www.lemaymarymount.org), which displays another 1,500 classic autos and trucks from the collection, along with all sorts of additional memorabilia, from antique dolls and toys to farming equipment.

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2702 E. D St., Tacoma, Washington, 98421, USA

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253-779–8490; 877-902–8490

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  • $18

Published 04/05/2016


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