Summer Drive-In Movies, Vintage Car Ride-Alongs and More

TACOMA, Wash. – Boasting drive-in movies, race car simulators and even ride-alongs in vintage cars, LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is more than just another car museum, according to Debbie Kray, ACM’s education manager.

“ACM is designed to bring history to life through America’s love affair with the automobile,” said Kray.

The sprawling four-story, 165,000 sq. ft. Tacoma, Wash., destination is home to more than 300 vehicles as well as activities and events for all ages.

On ACM’s first floor is the “Family Zone,” with interactive displays featuring a “make and take” art area for the youngest guests. There are also galleries such as one highlighting the evolution of road trip entertainment – from old magnetic board games to a Gameboy and portable DVD player. Other ACM attractions include:

  • Free summer drive-in movies such as American Graffiti (Aug. 16) on ACM’s lawn.
  • Three professional racing simulators, with wraparound video monitors, racing harness seat belts and motion sensors that make drivers feel like they’re on the world’s most famous tracks.
  • “Take a Spin,” a new opportunity for guests to ride along ACM’s 3.5-acre show field in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 convertible and the rumble seat of a Ford Model A, among other vintage cars (Aug. 2 from noon to 2 p.m.). The first “Take a Spin,” held July 26, attracted more than 350 passengers.
  • Four remote-controlled slot car tracks to compete against friends, family and other visitors.
  • “High Speed Fun” summer day camp (Aug. 11-15) provides children with hands-on opportunities to learn about complex machinery and physics and race against one another in go-karts.
  • A 1923 Buick that doubles as a family photo booth with a backdrop of the Museum.
  • “From the time visitors enter our doors until their departure, we want them to be immersed in an experience they can only get at ACM,” said Jeff Keys, ACM’s guest services manager. “We have programs and events that captivate everyone who enters the Museum, complementing our collection of cars and making ACM just as fun for longtime members as it is for first-time visitors.”

About LeMay – America’s Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org)

LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened in June 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 four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, offering a majestic view above the Foss Waterway, is located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome and 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 www.lemaymuseum.org.