LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma

The LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma is one of the coolest places in Washington to see historic cars.

If you love history, cars, or both, this museum is a great way to enjoy an afternoon in the south Puget Sound! Roll up your sleeves, because this museum is anything but boring.

Enjoy interactive exhibits, learn how cars work, and discover things you never knew about the history of transport. Here’s a little bit about the LeMay Car Museum and what you can expect to find there.

Exhibits

There’s not enough space here to talk about all of the cool exhibits you can enjoy Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum, but we’ll highlight a few of our favorites here. NASCAR fans will enjoy the racecar exhibit, which tells the history of NASCAR from beginning to end. History buffs will love the classic car section, which highlights some of the most iconic old cars in automobile history. This exhibit focuses on cars from the 1930s. Another neat exhibit is the BMW section, which will teach you fun facts about BMW that you may never have heard before.

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BMW Car at LeMay Museum

This car is a part of the BMW exhibit at the LeMay museum.

Finally, head to the ultra-modern alternative propulsion exhibit, which displays the many types of alternative fuel that has existed in transportation, from coal to electricity.

Things to Do

The LeMay Car Museum isn’t just about the exhibits. You can also enjoy interactive fun that is intended for people from ages three to a hundred and three. The most popular free activity at the LeMay Car Museum is Instagram friendly. Everyone who comes to the museum gets a complementary photograph with a classic 1923 Buick!

Another free activity is a show at the museum’s theater. Learn about Nicola Bulgari and The Race that Changed Everything. If you’re at the museum with your family, head to the Family Zone, where kids of all ages can learn about energy-saving strategies, how cars work, and more. You can even pretend to drive a classic car. For an extra fee, you can also try out the race simulator and the slot car track. The slot car track is $3, and the race simulator is $8.

Getting to the LeMay Car Museum

The LeMay Car Museum is located in Tacoma, Washington at 2702 East D Street. It is about an hour south of Seattle if you take Interstate I-5 S to Highway 509.

For more information and up to date events and activities, visit their website.

Good Things to Know

Hours: The LeMay Car Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Its daily hours are 10 am to 5 pm, with early closings on Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving week, and New Year’s Eve.

Price: Regular admission is $18. Children aged six to 12 are $10, and five and under are free. The price for seniors and military is $16, while student price is $14.

Deals: If you’re coming with a group of at least ten, admission is $12 per person. School groups cost $6 per person. A combined ticket for both the LeMay Car Museum and the Museum of Glass costs $25.

By Breana Johnson