New Museum, Meeting Venue Drive into Tacoma

Because some of the best meetings take place in the most unusual meeting venues, meeting planners should be excited about a new auto museum that's scheduled to open next year in Tacoma, Wash., which is now accepting reservations for corporate, community and private events, it announced this month.

Opening in May 2012, the museum, LeMay – America's Car Museum (ACM), will include a nine-acre campus with a four-story, 165,000-square-foot complex capable of accommodating groups of five to 2,500 people. Situated 30 miles south of Seattle in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, it will feature cars of all shapes and sizes, including Ford Mustangs, for instance, Rolls-Royces, Studebakers and Toyota Corollas.

Meeting facilities will include more than a dozen ADA-compliant event spaces, including the museum's Grand Gallery for large events of up to 500; the ACM Banquet Room for board meetings and conferences; the museum's café for small events; and the outdoor Show Field for large concerts and festivals.

"Imagine getting married in the shadow of a Duesenberg collection or holding an annual meeting surrounded by muscle cars," said ACM President and CEO David Madeira. "Our museum mission is to be at the heart of the world's car culture. Simultaneously, our campus is also designed to create a memorable atmosphere utilizing our banquet facilities, café and theater. We've even got a 3.5-acre outdoor show field where we're planning to host concerts, car shows and large civic events."

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