Actually the complete story, as reported by Chrysler Literature is as follows: Chrysler is buying the WPC foundation building and shutting it down, closing the museum and using the building for other purposes.Bob_Sheaves said:Good God people! Can't you READ????NOWHERE does the article say the museum closes, never to be open again. The museum WILL OPEN for SPECIAL EVENTS.Darn, the reading comprehension level around here is getting lower than a 3rd grade elementary school class.
The press release from CGLLC:Mr. Roe Green said:Very sad news to report from Auburn Hills: At the end of December, 2012, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) will cease to exist. At the same time, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum will be closed to the public. The Museum will continue to be available for rental for private events until the end of February, 2013. At that time, the building will undergo renovations and be converted to corporate use. The approximately 67 vehicles in the Museum Collection that were donated by the Corporation when the Foundation was established will be sold / transferred back to the Corporation. There will be a press release issued in the next day or two.
And then there's the words from the museum's executive director in Dave's article. Allpar has a vested interest in this, since Allpar was sponsoring a vehicle in the museum.Chrysler Group LLC said:Chrysler Group LLC Purchases Museum’s Historic Collection and Displays; Move Preserves Automotive Heritage for Future Generations
November 29, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum will write a new chapter as it merges with The Chrysler Foundation effective December 31, 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, 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.
Bob, I am sorry, but not being open for the general public makes me very sad. I can't visit if I am up there visiting family randomly. I find that to be terrible and disappointing news.Bob_Sheaves said:Good God people! Can't you READ????NOWHERE does the article say the museum closes, never to be open again. The museum WILL OPEN for SPECIAL EVENTS.Darn, the reading comprehension level around here is getting lower than a 3rd grade elementary school class.