A popular destination for vintage car enthusiasts will soon close its doors. Visitors are encouraged to pay a final visit to Kemp Auto Museum before its final day June 7.
The museum, which opened in 2005, was established to educate the public about the history of automobiles, dating all the way back to the 1800s. The museum features rare and vintage European vehicles from the personal collection of Fred M. Kemp, Sr., and has grown to include unique automobiles from around the world. In addition to public tours, Kemp Auto Museum also offered kids' tours and school programs. Lisa Roberts, director of special events for the museum and the Fred M. Kemp Foundation, said that the museum has had a great run, and after 10 years it has fulfilled its original purpose.
"The museum has been important not only to the City of Chesterfield, but St. Louis as a whole," Roberts said. "The rarity of this collection is so fantastic; it has been a joy to see people light up as they enter the gallery to view the cars. This is exactly what Fred had hoped for when he first came up with the idea of displaying his collection. He wanted to share his love of the automobile with the city he grew up in and cared so much about."
Admission to Kemp Auto Museum is $9 for adults, $7 for those 62 and over and $5 for children. An audio tour is available for an additional $3.
Kemp Auto Museum is located at 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., Chesterfield, MO, 63005. For more information call 636-537-1718, ext. 15.