America's Car Museum Celebrates Year of Growth at First Anniversary Gala

Washington museum attracts more than a quarter-million people in first year; future plans include new galleries, drive-in movies, focus on education and more “to keep it fresh”

Jun 3, 2013

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TACOMA, Wash. (June 3, 2013) – A crowd of more than 500 museum supporters turned out Saturday night to celebrate the first anniversary of LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM). Titled “Jazz!” the ‘40s and ‘50s-themed gala/dinner included live music, auctions and the first public viewing of the museum’s new exhibit, “Legends of Motorsports: The NASCAR Story.”

"Now that year one is history, our over-arching goal is to maintain momentum and continue to grow and evolve as an attraction," said ACM President and CEO David Madeira. “And if the excitement at this gala is an indicator, we’re off to a sensational start. We raised more than $300,000, which is vital to our future, because philanthropy helps us fund key programs and exhibits.”

More than 250,000 people from 50 states and 26 countries visited the four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. museum during its first year of operation. To maintain its forward movement, Madeira says the plan is to continually refresh the Tacoma, Wash., museum with new events and exhibits “that celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile.” As such, upcoming ACM happenings include the Summer Drive-In Series on the museum’s outdoor Haub Family Field (Back to the Future is June 15); the 60th Anniversary of Corvette display (debuting Aug. 9); the second annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival (Aug. 24 and 25) and the U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance(Sept. 8).

Gala photos are available here.

About America’s Car Museum (

State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit

Official Providers

State Farm Mutual Insurance Company Napa Auto Parts AAA Washington Titus Will Automotive, Inc.
Hagerty Insurance Arscentia, Inc. BMW Northwest Bardahl
BNY Mellon Wealth Management Coca - Cola Columbia Bank Flex-a-lite Consolidated
Getty Images, Seattle Griot's Garage Hedges Family Estate Hemmings
Inde MotorSport Ranch Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Michael Craft Photography Microsoft
Hotel Murano New York International Auto Show Olympic Eagle Distributing Pacific Raceways
Passport Transport Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charitable Trust Sameday Scratch and Dent Repair Seattle International Auto Show
SiteCrafting, Inc. Sports Car Market Magazine TriArc True Collection
U.S. Bank Washington Liftruck, Inc. Washington State Independent Auto Dealers Association

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