The Walter P. Chrysler Museum opened to the public October 5, 1999. Ground was broken November 19, 1996. The leading architectural and engineering firm Giffels Associates, Inc., of Southfield, Michigan, designed the museum. The tri-leveled building covers approximately 55,000 square feet and rests on 10 acres at the southeast edge of Chrysler's North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The building's exterior of polished red granite and black glass reflects that of the neighboring Chrysler Technology Center.