AUBURN HILLS (WWJ/AP) – The Walter P. Chrysler Museum in metro Detroit has run out of money and its classic car collection won’t be open to the public except for special occasions.

Officials told The Detroit News that the museum will merge with the Chrysler Foundation at year’s end. After that, Chrysler Group LLC plans to purchase the 67 vehicles and displays housed in the museum, which is located next to Chrysler’s headquarters in Auburn Hills.

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Chrysler already owns the building.

Brian Glowiak, president of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation, says the automaker will continue to share its automobile heritage at the museum during special exhibitions.

The museum opened in 1999. About 35,000 people visited the museum last year. Chrysler says revenue wasn’t enough to sustain operations.

The three-story, 55,000 square foot museum covers 10 acres at the southeast edge of the Chrysler Headquarters Complex. When the museum opened in 1999, it was the first in the country to be located at an automaker’s headquarters.

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Regular museum admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and older) and $4 for children ages six to 12. Children five and under are free.

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