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LeMay–America’s Car Museum

A new museum in Tacoma, Wash., celebrates America's love affair with the automobile.

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A shiny 1930 Lincoln sedan gleams at LeMay–America’s Car Museum.

You don’t have to be a vintage-car hound to get revved up about the vast auto museum that opened this June in Tacoma, Wash. The new LeMay–America’s Car Museum is a joyride for youngsters and oldsters alike with zippy exhibits such as The British Invasion—which highlights music, fashions, and cars of the 1960s—plus drive-in movies and a theater-in-the-round.

“The collection, architecture, and show field—they’re all unparalleled,” says Lance Lambert, host of the televised Vintage Vehicle Show. “The LeMay now stands among the nation’s most important automotive museums.”

The airy four-story building features hands-on driving simulators, a preservation shop open to viewers, and a café. At any time, about 150 cars are on display, with 175 more visible in adjacent storage galleries. The rolling stock runs from a $1.3 million 1930 Duesenberg to the faux stone-and-timber Flintmobile used in the 1994 movie The Flintstones. (253) 779-8490,

Photography by Leslie Forsberg

This article was first published in July 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.