Jeep museum finally set to become a reality in Toledo
Big news for Jeep fans! ProMedica says plans are in the works to build an interactive Jeep museum called, "The Jeep Experience."
During a press conference Tuesday, officials revealed the project will be 56,000 square feet and cost about $40 million. A newly created nonprofit organization will help fund the project.The museum will celebrate the invention of the Jeep and showcase its history.
"The new information to take from today is Chrysler is ready to discuss this publicly," Toledo mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said. "We may have always had this as a dream, but getting Chrysler to feel comfortable about this is a major step."
Since the project is still in its early planning stage, details are very limited. An outdoor track will be one of the main features, but there will be a number of exhibits for both adults and children. Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz compared the attraction to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
"It is important to note this will be new to us, but we're not reinventing the wheel," Kapszukiewicz said. "... The thinking and planning will be modeled off Milwaukee and their Harley-Davidson museum, the successful experience in Bowling Green with their Corvette museum. It's the same sort of idea here."
The exact location of the project is unknown, but it's expected to open in 2022. It's estimated the museum will draw in 250,000 visitors to the community. It will also create about 25 jobs.