After nearly a decade in Maggie Valley, N.C., the Wheels Through Time Museum officially announced on May 28, 2011, that it will be moving out of the Smoky Mountains in order to expand its scope and broaden its impact.
Since 2002, WTT has developed into one of the premier museum's of its type, housing over 320 of America's rarest and most significant two- and four-wheeled vehicles, and an unprecedented collection of art and memorabilia dating back to the roots of our country's transportation heritage.
The announcement to relocate comes as a result of a unanimous decision by the museum Board of Directors, who stated that in order to continue to preserve history in new and innovative ways, and fulfill its mission to educate and inspire a diverse, multi-generational audience on the history of American transportation, the opportunity to move the museum to a new and larger location offers much promise as to the museum's future.
Currently, the WTT is researching several potential locations around the country, and has garnered much interest from some of America's best riding destinations and scenic areas. However, its current operations in Maggie Valley continue to move ahead full steam. The museum has already hosted tens of thousands of visitors in 2011, and has countless great events scheduled throughout the summer and fall.
"We've been experiencing quite a season here at the museum!" said Dale Walksler, curator and founder. "Hosting events like the upcoming Great American Race and the International Spyder Rally introduces WTT to thousands of new faces, and our visitors and members continue to let us know that we're on the right track in providing an experience to remember." Recently, the museum was awarded one of TripAdvisor.com's highest honors -- The 2011 Certificate of Excellence -- for consistent great quality feedback from guests.
While closing to the general public on Oct. 31, 2011, the museum will facilitate private tours until final relocation plans are confirmed. The Annual Haywood County Toy Run and WTT Museum Bike Raffle, on Nov. 12, 2011, will be the museum's final public opening in Maggie Valley.
Museum staff will keep visitors past, present, and future aware of progress on relocation through bi-weekly newsletters via email, and with regular website updates. For more information, visit www.wheelsthroughtime.com.
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