The 55,000-square-foot museum features three floors of more than 65 antique, custom and concept vehicles interspersed with interactive displays and historical exhibits that tell the story of the automaker's contributions to automotive design, technology and innovation, as well as the automobile's impact on American culture.
The Museum opens to a two-story atrium in which a rotating tower majestically showcases the automaker's iconic concept vehicles. From the atrium flows two floors of distinctive exhibition galleries and access to the garage-like atmosphere of the lower level.
The first floor traces the industry's first 50 years from Chrysler's perspective - both the man and the company. Rare vehicles date back to the early 1900s and a timeline wall details the key executives and predecessor companies that played a key role in the company's evolution. The vintage collection includes such historic marques as DeSoto, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, Rambler and Willys-Overland.
The second floor continues Chrysler's story, beginning with the introduction of the first HEMI® in 1951 and spotlighting the automaker's design, engineering and marketing successes. Exhibitions illustrate decades of vehicle styling brilliance, the electronic age of transistors, Mopar® Muscle, turbine technology, the family transportation revolution and leadership in safety and fuel economy.
The lower level, called "Boss Chrysler's Garage," houses dream machines from the '60s - '70s, including classic and muscle cars from the heyday of cruising to one-of-a-kind record-setting race vehicles. The Garage also features a series of Jeep® vehicles and trucks as well as an eclectic sampling of vehicles from the Chrysler collection.
Originally established as a division of Chrysler, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum opened October 5, 1999. It documents the cars, the people, the processes and the contributions made by Chrysler and its forebears to the development of the automobile.
The Museum covers 10 acres at the southeast edge of the Chrysler Headquarters Complex in Auburn Hills, MI. The building was designed by Giffels Associates, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm in Southfield, Mich. Ground was broken for the Museum on November 19, 1996.