Fiat Chrysler reopening Walter P. Chrysler Museum – The Detroit News

The Mecca of classic cars and trucks from the former Chrysler Corp. is preparing to continuously open its doors to the public for the very first time because 2012.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Saturday is announcing the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills will certainly reopen starting June 4-5 for two weekend breaks a month, excluding December, as quickly as it will certainly be open for one.

The 55,000-square-foot museum will certainly feature a rotating exhibit of 65 classics from the company’s garage of much more compared to 300 antique, custom and suggestion vehicles — from Globe War II Jeeps and the very first Chrysler vehicle prototype ever steered by business founder Walter P. Chrysler to Dodge and Plymouth muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s.

“We’re actually proud of the heritage and the cars that are in there,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, manager of historical services for FCA US. “We wish to share it. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”

Rosenbusch said interest from employees — too having enough volunteers to staff the museum — drove the decision to reopen the facility.

“They’re the actual backbone of the operation,” he said of the volunteers. “It’s something everybody has actually been wanting to see again.”

Since being shuttered to the public after Dec. 31, 2012 because of finances, the museum has actually been maintained and used sporadically for private events. The company’s classic cars additionally have actually been used for special events and loaned to others museums in the past three years.

“The vehicles go every one of over the put and do a great deal of various types of things,” said Rosenbusch, including the sleek 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt suggestion is currently on loan to a facility in Houston.

The museum, which originally opened in October 1999, features three floors and a two-story atrium along with a rotating tower that involves several of the automaker’s iconic suggestion vehicles. The floors are split in to two exhibition galleries and a garage-adore atmosphere on the lesser level.

The very first floor traces the very first 50 years of Chrysler — the 2 the man and the company.

The second floor continues Chrysler’s story, start along with the introduction of the very first Hemi in 1951 and spotlighting the automaker’s design, engineering and marketing successes.

The lesser level, called “Boss Chrysler’s Garage,” houses dream devices from the ’60s and ’70s.

The oldest vehicles in the museum’s pairs are a 1902 Rambler from the Thomas B. Jeffery Co. and a 1909 Hudson from the Hudson Motor Co. The 2 companies eventually became American Motors Corp., which was acquired by Chrysler Corp. in the late 1980s.

The newest car on display is the Dodge Dakota Sidewinder, a two-door suggestion vehicle that debuted in 1997.

Rosenbusch said regarding 90,000 people would certainly annually visit the museum on standard from as quickly as it opened in 1999 through 2012.

“I believe everybody’s been asking for it to reopen,” said Chrysler Employee Motorsport Association President Lori Emerling, a FCA US engineer that functions in Auburn Hills. “We’re actually excited.”

The employee and retiree vehicle club has actually hosted its annual vehicle reveal at the museum because it opened, along with the business allowing vehicle reveal attendees access to the museum for donations to charity. This year’s 27th annual reveal is June 11.

Rosenbusch said aside from Alfa Romeo and Maserati, all Fiat Chrysler’s current brands — Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mopar and Ram —are represented in the museum alongside older brands such as Plymouth, Imperial and others.


Admission to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 62 years of age and older; $6 for youngsters 6-17; and free for 5 and under. (Photo: John M. Galloway / Special to The Detroit News)

This is the second shuttered museum Fiat Chrysler has actually re-opened to the public in the past year.

Last summer, the business celebrated the 105th anniversary of famed Italian brand Alfa Romeo by unveiling the Giulia sedan and re-opening the Alfa Romeo Museum near Milan in northern Italy.

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is located on the southeast edge of Fiat Chrysler’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills at 1 Chrysler Drive. The museum will certainly be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekend. The weekend break of the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 20, it will certainly have actually extended hours until 6 p.m. and be open on Friday.

“I’m glad to see that it’s opening. I wish to see it remain alive,” said Wayne Simonson, treasurer of the WPC Club Inc., a Michigan-based organization honoring Chrysler and its founder. “Chrysler has actually been pretty great to my family.”

Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 62 years of age and older; $6 for youngsters 6-17; and free for 5 and under.

Anyone curious about volunteering at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum can easily email or call (248) 944-0439.

(313) 222-2504

Public Dates


June 4 & 5


June 25 & 26


July 9 & 10


July 16 & 17


August 6 & 7


August 19, 20, & 21


September 10 & 11


September 24 & 25


October 1 & 2


October 22 & 23


November 5 & 6


November 19 & 20


December 17 & 18


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