California Automobile Museum plans new home

09 Sep

“Located in Sacramento, California, the California Automobile Museum occupies a patch of largely vacant industrial land on the banks of the Sacramento River. Its current building, leased from the city, dates back several decades, lacks air conditioning and leaks from both its roof and windows in heavy rains. That may not be the case much longer, as a generous benefactor has agreed to buy the land from the city and build a new facility for the museum.

As is often the case, however, there is a catch. First, the city of Sacramento must agree to sell the land that the museum currently resides on to the benefactors, Paul and Renee Snider, owners of a successful automotive dealership empire, who wish to combine the CAM with their envisioned natural history museum. Next, a design for the new facility must be approved by the city’s Planning and Design Commission, which has already rejected the initial design proposed by the museum. Finally, once these conditions are met, the museum itself must kick off a capital campaign to raise the funding necessary to temporarily house its current exhibits, build the new facility (at a projected cost of $15-17 million) and move the collection to its new home.”

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