Tacoma celebrates LeMay Car Museum grand opening

Tacoma celebrated the grand opening of LeMay–America’s Car Museum with much fanfare over the weekend.

The festivities began Friday night with preview parties inside the museum that included dinner, sneak peeks at the collection, live music, fireworks, dancing, and even a guest appearance by comedian and car collector Jay Leno.

The celebration continued when the museum’s executive director David Madeira and Nancy LeMay opened the doors Saturday morning to a long line of visitors.

The $60 million museum is named after the late Harold E. LeMay, who made his fortune building one of the largest refuse businesses in the United States. His success in business allowed him to amass a massive car collection that, at one point, totaled more than 3,400 vehicles. The new museum will actively display 250 vehicles at one time. Museum officials expect to welcome 500,000 visitors annually.

LeMay–America’s Car Museum is located at 2702 East D Street in Tacoma. More information is online here.

(PHOTOS COURTESY LEMAY--AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUM)