February 15, 2014 – The California Automobile Museum is disheartened to announce that Paul and Renee Snider have decided to discontinue their pursuit of a Natural History Museum here in Sacramento. The Sacramento Waterfront Museums Project was to be a combined natural history museum and an expanded California Automobile Museum on the spot where CAM currently sits.
Despite their years of effort, donation of their personal collection and pledge of $20 million toward the project, their generous philanthropic endeavor proved too much.
Karen McClaflin, Executive Director of the California Auto Museum said: “This is a difficult day for all of us. We have come a long way in order to bring about a new educational museum to Sacramento and a pristine setting for the auto museum. The Sniders have been generous beyond our expectations, and have pledged their ongoing support as we continue to pursue our dream of a new facility.”
The California Automobile Museum plans to carry on their quest to secure an improved home for their collection, hopeful to remain at their current location as previously planned. “With the support of the City and the community, we are optimistic that our plans for a new building will continue to move forward despite this setback” said McClaflin, “The Sniders have already pledged $1 million toward the California Automobile Museum’s campaign for a new building, so we still have high hopes.”
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