I think it is sad, but Fiat Chrysler plans to permanently close its Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. FCA will convert the facility into office space.
The museum’s been around since 1999. But it’s fallen on hard times. It was first closed in 2012 due to funding issues, but reopened with limited hours in June this year. Now, however, it will shutter for good. Though despite the past funding issues, FCA says it’s not closing due to a money issue. The automaker says it simply wants office space.
The museum highlights the automaker’s contributions to automotive design, technology and innovation. It’s also home to 65 historical vehicles. FCA told The Detroit News that it will continue to preserve them and showcase them at events. They’ll also be displayed around the the Chrysler Technology Center and other FCA U.S. facilities.
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum drew an average of 90,000 visitors per year between 1999 and 2012. But it’s only had 4,300 visitors since reopening this summer.
You have two more weekends to check it out. It will be open on Nov. 19-20 as well as Dec. 17-18 before closing for good.