Tacoma Weekly | Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

LeMay America’s Car Museum
2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421
Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

America’s Car Museum (ACM) spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. Featuring a nine-acre campus – with a four-story museum as the centerpiece – ACM, situated atop Tacoma and in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, is one of the world’s largest auto museums and attractions when it opened in June 2012. 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.
This summer, ACM visitors will be able to participate in a wide range of auto-related activities and events. Drive-in movies, Cruise-Ins and signature events are some of the opportunities that guests can take part in throughout the coming months.
America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) – a nonprofit organization committed to securing America’s automotive heritage and to promote the continued enjoyment of the automobile – will hold its next Signature Event, “Cars & Cigars”, at ACM on July 28. Attendees of the event will be able to enjoy signature appetizers from “James Beard Award” winning chef Tom Douglas, spirit, wine and beer tastings, Montecristo cigars and live music.
“Whether you’re an auto enthusiast or just interested in visiting the museum, we have a schedule full of fun this summer,” said America’s Automotive Trust President and CEO David Madeira. “There aren’t many car museums that will allow you to ride in their vintage automobiles and experience our nation’s motoring legacy first-hand, but then again, ACM isn’t just another car museum.”
ACM will host its “Take a Spin” days, allowing guests to experience history-in-motion from the passenger seat of classic and collector vehicles, as well as Drive-In Movies and Cruise-Ins.

This week’s events:

Drive-in Movies at America’s Car Museum: ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984 version)
July 22, 4:30-11:30 p.m.

Join AMC for drive-in movies on ACM’s Haub Family Field where the cars are the stars. Grab dinner at AMC’s picnic concessions and watch in your car or from a blanket or chair, as either option will give you a great view of the 40-foot outdoor screen.
The drive-in movies have proven to be very popular, so be sure to arrive early to reserve your spot. Parking for the show starts at 4:30 p.m., with showtime at dusk (around 9 p.m.).
This drive-in movie is free to the public, but does not include museum admission.
Information: www.americascarmuseum.org/event/drive-in-movies-at-acm-ghostbusters.

2017 Cars and Couture Fashion Show

July 22, 6:30-9 p.m.
The 2017 Cars and Couture Fashion Show presented by Architech will be held at LeMay – America’s Car Museum. The event will be showcasing six couture designers from around the northwest. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a live DJ, designer booths and red-carpet photos available before the show. Seating for the show starts at 7 p.m. and the fashion show will begin at 7:15 p.m.
$45 VIP (front row seating and prepaid parking,) $25 second and third row. Ticket prices will increase $5 if purchased at the door.
Info: www.americascarmuseum.org/events.

Cars and Cigars

July 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
Enjoy signature appetizers from Seatown Seabar, Dahlia Lounge and Dahlia Bakery, spirit, wine and beer tastings, Montecristo cigars and live music outdoors on the Anderson Plaza at America’s Car Museum.
Cars and Cigars is an adults-only event. You must be 21 or older and have valid ID for admission. Proceeds benefit America’s Automotive Trust.
Info: www.americascarmuseum.org/event/cars-cigars.


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