Walter P. Chrysler Museum to reduce public access

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum in suburban Detroit has run out of money and its classic car collection won't be open to the public except for special occasions.

The Detroit News reports Friday that the museum will merge with the Chrysler Foundation at year's end. After that, Chrysler Group LLC plans to purchase the 67 vehicles and displays housed in the museum, which is located next to Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills.

Chrysler already owns the building.

Brian Glowiak, president of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation, says the automaker will continue to share its automobile heritage at the museum during special exhibitions.

The museum opened in 1999. About 35,000 people visited the museum last year. Chrysler says revenue wasn't enough to sustain operations.

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