Walter P. Chrysler Museum
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum was a collection of antique, concept, and custom Chrysler vehicles as well as historical exhibits detailing the story of Chrysler and its contributions to the world of automotive technology, design, and innovation. The 55,000-square foot museum included three floors of displays and was located next to Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is no longer open to the public.
The first floor of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum included a history of the first 50 years of the automotive industry from the perspective of Chrysler and its vehicles. This part of the museum’s collection included rare and early cars dating back to the very early 1900s. Nameplates on display here were Rambler, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, DeSoto, and Willys-Overland.
On the second floor of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum the history of the car company continued with the 1951 introduction of the HEMI engine. Much of this area was devoted to the engineering, design, and marketing aspects that made the Chrysler brand successful. This included the styling and technology of Mopar and the classic muscle cars.
On the lower level, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum featured muscle cars and cruisers from the 1960s and 1970s. The collection included some of the best cars Chrysler produced and one-of-a-kind racing cars that set world records as well as Jeeps and trucks.
Although the collections housed at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum were unique and displayed the important contributions of the company, attendance was too low to keep it open. The museum first opened its doors in 1999, but closed for good on December 31, 2012. The assets of the museum were sold to the Chrysler Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the car company. Some of the collection may be on display in the future, but the company has not stated when or where that might happen.