Sadly, The World of Speed motorsport museum will be permanently closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their board of directors announced Tuesday to shut down museum operations after Gov. Kate Brown released a phased plan to restart the state economy. The museum’s board of directors couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, the museum has been closed for 2 months amidst the pandemic.
“Voting to close the museum permanently was an extremely difficult decision for the board,” said Sally Bany, co-founder of World of Speed, in a statement.
Bany added that board members took into consideration that the museum would likely fall into Phase 2 or even Phase 3 of the governor’s current reopening plan, which could push the museum’s reopening date into 2021.
“After much deliberation, our board determined that we are unable to continue our mission for such an extended closure period,” she said.
The museum opened in April 2015 and offered visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the racing world through its exhibits, hands-on activities, and collection of historic race cars, boats, and motorcycles.