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Closing At Year's End The Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Walter P. Chrysler Museum, closing, bad economy
Posted December 4 2012 01:25 PM by Scott Ross 
Filed under: Mopar News, SCOTT ROSS

Opened in 1999, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum will close at the end of 2012.

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, located next to Chrysler's World HQ in Auburn Hills, Michigan, will close for good at year's end.

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 The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, the first US automotive museum built and operated by an American car maker, will close for good at
the end of 2012

AFter the Museum closes, its current home will be remodeled for other Chrysler Group uses.

Per reports in Automotive News, the Museum has been struggling to stay afloat financially, and that it had been in the red for the at least the last four years, reporting a loss of $657,510 in 2011, and nearly $804,000 in 2010--with a similar operating deficit forecast for 2012.

Automotive News also reported that since 2008, the Walter  P. Chrysler Museum Foundation had been having trouble raising funds to keep the Museum operating, just as many other cultural organizations--not just in Metro Detroit, but across the U.S.A.--have struggled in this economy.

Here's the word from Ma Mopar about the Museum, the Museum's Foundation, and the collection of historic vehicles inside it:

"The Walter P. Chrysler Museum will write a new chapter as it merges with The Chrysler Foundation effective December 31, 2012.

Opened in 1999, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum will close at the end of 2012.

"The Museum’s historic collection of 67 vehicles and displays will be purchased by Chrysler Group LLC, a move that will preserve the Company’s automotive heritage for future generations. The proceeds from the sale along with the remaining cash reserves of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation will be transferred to The Chrysler Foundation, where they will support a broad range of charitable community activities and organizations.

“'We are very thankful for the generosity of our many members, friends, volunteers and employees and very proud of the Museum’s legacy as an educational and cultural institution,' said Brian Glowiak, President – Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation.

"The Museum, which opened to the public on October 5, 1999, was the first on-site museum to be built by a North American automobile company.

“'Chrysler will continue to share its automobile heritage housed at the Museum with the public during special exhibitions. The existing Museum facilities will also be used to meet Chrysler Group needs,' added Glowiak."



(Courtesy Automotive News/www.autonews.com, and Chrysler Group LLC)



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