Tickets Now on Sale for Grand Opening Weekend At LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Tacoma’s newest destination officially opens Saturday, June 2 with celebrities, a free concert and an outdoor car show

May 22, 2012

TACOMA, Wash. (May 22, 2012) — Advance tickets are now available for the June 2-3 grand opening weekend at LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM). Museum-goers who want to join the celebration of the Northwest’s newest destination and don’t want to wait in line can go to

ACM debuts Saturday, June 2 with a grand opening ceremony that starts at 9:45 a.m. with a traditional blessing and drum ceremony by members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. That is followed by remarks from dignitaries, including Governor Chris Gregoire and Nancy LeMay, the widow of Harold LeMay, whose 3,400-vehicle collection created the framework for what is now America’s Car Museum. These festivities take place on the museum’s 3.5-acre Haub Family Field. At 11 a.m., the museum doors open to the public, and Nancy LeMay will be the first person granted admission into the four-level, 165,000-sq. ft. facility.

An outdoor car show, food vendors and a beer garden will create a festive atmosphere on the show field throughout the day and Seattle Mariners’ legend Edgar Martinez will sign autographs from 1 – 2:30 p.m. There’s also a free concert featuring six-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel and Tacoma’s own Kim Archer. The concert swings into action at 5 p.m.

“This is an important event for the Puget Sound region and the City of Tacoma, so we want this opening to be a celebration,” said David Madeira, president and CEO of America’s Car Museum. “For all the people who have put their heart and soul into the creation of this beautiful museum, and for all the car lovers and people who like a good party, June 2 will be a great time to experience America’s Car Museum for the first time.”

Admission prices to America’s Car Museum are as follows:  
Adults:  $14
Seniors (age 65 and older):  $12
Military personnel:  $12
Youth (ages 5-12):  $8
Children (under age 5)  Free

Discounts are available for Auto Club (AAA) members and State Farm policyholders, who receive 10% off the price of admission. Tickets must be purchased in person to receive discounts.

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Official Providers

State Farm Mutual Insurance Company Hagerty Insurance SiteCrafting, Inc. Hedges Family Estate
Michael Craft Photography Griot's Garage Sports Car Market Magazine Titus Will Automotive, Inc.
Northwest Harley-Davidson Washington Liftruck, Inc. Hotel Murano Thuzi
Inde MotorSport Ranch Napa Auto Parts Coca - Cola Getty Images, Seattle
Arscentia, Inc. Sameday Scratch and Dent Repair Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Olympic Eagle Distributing AAA Washington Passport Transport BMW Northwest
Washington State Independent Auto Dealers Association Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charitable Trust

Historic Vehicle Association

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