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LeMay Family Collection Foundation
History Museum
Today 12:00 – 5:00 pm
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325 152nd St E Tacoma, WA 98445
325 152nd Street EastUSWashingtonTacoma98445
History MuseumToday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Open year-round for guided tours of over 500 collector cars! Annual LeMay Car Show & Auction is always the last Saturday in August! Call or visit website for more info.
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"The people know their cars, the older tour guides do."
"This review is actually for this collection, not the America's Car Museum."
"Most are in really good original condition or seemed to be accurately restored."
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Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
5 months ago
by Nancy Dewitt, Fountainhead Museum Historian I recently traveled to Seattle, Washington, for a vacation and decided to spend a day visiting the two LeMay museums in Tacoma. I started off at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount, which is less well known than the newer and flashier LeMay – America’s Car Museum next to the Tacoma Dome. The original buildings were all part of the Marymount Military Academy run by the Sisters of St. Dominica from 1923-1975. Eric LeMay, one of Harold’s grandsons, gave me a behind-the-scenes tour of the former housing complex, chapel, visiting priest’s quarters, and miscellaneous collections that aren't open to the public (though the chapel and some rooms are rented out for events). The cars are displayed and stored in the old gymnasium, auditorium, swimming pool, indoor rifle range, shower room, and several newer storage buildings. Expect a surprise each time you round a corner into another room. I had been told I would see warehouses filled with cars, many fork lifted onto shelves, and parked so tightly that it was hard to fully appreciate them. The cars were indeed packed into the warehouses, but it was still fun to cruise the rows of trucks and automobiles looking for favorites. It's amazing how many marques and styles you will find. There is more elbow room in the main Red Building, and the gymnasium is quite spacious. I had to chuckle at the cars parked up in the bleachers! You won't learn a lot about automobile history at this museum by reading signs, but they have excellent docents to fill in the blanks. And you will be blown away with the sheer number and variety of cars and how their styles changed over time. There are some very nice and rare vintage vehicles in the collection--Harold LeMay had a good eye and his vehicles here are very well preserved. I especially loved seeing trucks that I had never heard of before, and how could I not love the stiletto art car? Sweet Tucker, too. There's something for everyone here, including some interesting memorabilia and even a few vintage fashions. Bottom Line - do go if you get the chance!
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Yazzy C
a year ago
I was there a few days ago, and the weather was rainier than ever I have seen in the pas t few years.But the museum is amazing. I am not a picky person, there are more cars, then space could allow. I think it was worth the money to visit. I was there also, to take pictures, and a cell phone camera will not do there. There are so many cars there, and I was there for about four hours, it was not enough time to look at all of the cars, and I was also tired, and left. But it is a really nice place, and people who work there, are very friendly and helpful. The people know their cars, the older tour guides do. There is a lot of history, and the cars are in different bays. It is cold in some of the places, and having an umbrella in the car and a coat is appropriate. I would recommend this place.
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Matthew M
2 years ago
(This review is actually for this collection, not the America's Car Museum.) An impressive collection from all eras; mainly American, but also some British cars. Most are in really good original condition or seemed to be accurately restored. We had a really knowledgeable tour guide who was able to talk cars with the gear heads but also had anecdotes for the rest of us. One building has "shelves" of cars, three high, so you can only see the headlights, grilles, and bumpers, but there's not a shortage of other interesting cars on the ground.
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JP Oliver
3 years ago
Forget the earlier 'try a sandwich'. This place is the best auto museum I've ever seen. 5 Deusenbergs, at least a dozen Ferrari's, even 4 Studebakers. And the best of the whole showroom - a 1983 Dodge Station Wagon, complete with fake wood panelling (no kidding, this is as awesome as it is out-of-place). My favorite is the REO ST5 on the main showroom floor; but Fatty Arbuckle's Pierce Arrow is also a beauty. Don't miss the Rolls' that were built in the US! - there is a gorgeous 1930 'tobacco brown' RR limo that was made for a leaf magnate. The kicker: When I walked in, Harold LeMay was taking pictures of his cars for a new brochure. We had a 15 minute conversation about Ransom Olds and his REO ST5. Outstanding museum where everyone is nice and wants you to have a good time. An absolute 'must see' for the pacific northwest.
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Response from the owner - 2 years ago
This review is not for this LeMay Family Collection Foundation location - this review is for the LeMay - America's Car Museum next to the Tacoma Dome.
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Kristy Ann
4 months ago
Very impressive collection. The tour was very enjoyable and fun.
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Scott Engle
11 months ago
I've gone a couple of times and never get tired of seeing this beautiful collection and talking to the volunteers. This is not the one next to the Tacoma Dome but is not far from there. This has a more family feel to it than that one.
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Tad Saine
3 years ago
As a person who knows little about cars, I was hoping to learn a lot when I visited the museum. However, from my perspective, the museum lacked a curatorial cohesive theme. For example, a car from 1906 would be parked next to a car from 1965 and then that car would be parked next a car from 1942. It was hard to get a sense of how these cars fit into the American landscape given the jumbled nature of the displays. A few of the displays were specific in theme, and those were great. I think the worst aspect of the museum was the theater. The theater could have been used to bridge the gap that the display space lacked: educating patrons on the history of cars, the role(s) of specific cars/manufacturers, etc. Rather, the movie in the theater did nothing but glorify the museum and the LeMay family. I think it's great you get to take your cars to Italy every year, but that's not why I came to the museum. The cameo shot of the director of the museum laughing was a bit much. Lastly, I thought some of the items in the gift shop were tacky, at best. T-Shirts for men with hot girls on them might be part of car culture, but I would expect a museum to take a more thoughtful approach.
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Response from the owner - 2 years ago
Correction: This review is NOT for this LeMay Family Collection Foundation location - this review is for the LeMay - America's Car Museum next to the Tacoma Dome.
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Tamara Hodge
a month ago
Worth the stop...lots and lots of cars.


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