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Chrysler museum crowded on final days

by David Zatz on

The Walter P. Chrysler museum was crowded in its final and penultimate days as an open-to-the-public institution, with over 500 visitors per day. Extra volunteers were called in to handle the last-minute rush, as Mopar fans from across the country appeared to tour the museum one last time — or, in some cases, for the first and last time.

Due to heavy losses, the museum’s time as a nonprofit institution separate from Chrysler Group ended this year. The museum is to be available for private events for some time this year; a renovation is planned for mid-2013. Thirty-two of the vehicles displayed in the Museum belonged to the Museum; these were purchased by Chrysler Group, and proceeds from their sale, along with assets of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation, have merged with the charitable Chrysler Foundation.

See the full story and more photos – or take Pete Hagenbuch’s guided tour of the museum.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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