Construction of LeMay – America’s Car Museum has moved forward on-time and on-budget and a grand opening date has been set for May 19, 2012.

“We’ve managed to build a museum (which began construction in June 2010) during difficult economic times when nearly everybody said it couldn’t be done,” said ACM President and CEO David Madeira, who has been at the museum’s helm since 2002. The nine-acre Tacoma campus – with the four-story, 165,000-square-foot museum as the hub – will include a show field for events ranging from vintage car shows to rock concerts to drive-in movies.

There will also be a gift shop, banquet center and cafe, an educational center/library and rotating exhibits using cars, music, film and photos for displays such as “game-changing automotive inventions.”

ACM will have 15 galleries housing up to 500 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the LeMay collection, which amassed a Guinness Book of World Records total of more than 3,500 vehicles in the mid-1990s.

The museum also plans to move beyond American vehicles with future exhibits ranging from “The British Invasion” (including Mini, MG, Triumph and Aston Martin), to the “Prancing Horse” display that will capture the lifestyle surrounding Ferrari.

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