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4 Car and Transportation Museums in Washington State

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Washington State is famous as being the home state of Starbucks, Bill Gates, and wild scenery. It’s also home to one of America’s largest car museums, as well as some lesser-known options that will appeal to car enthusiasts.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum

1949 Buick Super Dynaflow at LeMay - America's Car Museum
1949 Buick Super Dynaflow at LeMay – America’s Car Museum
Photo: Jim Culp

Anyone who calls themselves a car fanatic should plan a trip to LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. This huge museum looks at America’s fascination with all things automotive, such as road trips, motorsports, and luxury brands like Cadillac. In fact, Cadillac has its own exhibit called The Standard of the World. This exhibit follows Cadillac’s history from its inception in 1902 to present day. Other exhibits play homage to NASCAR, British brands, coaches, and Route 66. Visit LeMay seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

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Soviet Car Museum

Located in Sammamish, the Soviet Car Museum explores the history of the Eastern European automotive industry. Currently, the museum lacks a permanent space, and instead runs two to three-day long expositions in the area. The museum’s Facebook page provides information on the museum’s collection and its current and upcoming activities.

The Museum of Flight

Cars are the main means of transportation for many Americans, but aerospace also has a huge part in our country’s transportation history. At The Museum of Flight in Seattle, you’ll get a glimpse into the life of an airline pilot, ride in flight simulators, and even go on a Boeing field tour. The museum also has a 3D theater showing films about the history of NASA’s probes, the world of a naval aircraft carrier, and humankind’s fascination with space. The Museum of Flight is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Spokane Auto Museum

The Spokane Auto Museum in Airway Heights sells classic cars as well as displaying them, so you could end up driving away in the vintage car of your dreams. But even if you’re not in the market for a classic, the museum is worth a visit to see its impressive collection of American-made muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s.