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Nassau 'Autoseum' set for July opening

The Batmobile, built in 1965 for the television

The Batmobile, built in 1965 for the television series "Batman," to be on display at the Cradle of Aviation August 23 and 24, 2008, as part of an exhibit called Autoseum. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier) Credit: Lawrence Lucier/Lawrence Lucier

An Autoseum that Nassau County officials say is the first of its kind in the nation — a combination auto museum and school for budding auto-body specialists — is scheduled to open in July for viewing on weekends and in October for evening auto customizing classes.

“This one of a kind museum will develop the cars of the future and serve as an industry and commerce center in Nassau,” County Executive Edward Mangano said.

The Autoseum, which is partnering with Nassau’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services, will be located at 100 County Seat Dr. in Mineola.

A permanent display there will include one of the original Batmobiles, the Aston Martin DB5 made famous in the James Bond movies, and the Drag-U-La from “The Munsters” TV show. Space will be set aside for works from other designers to be showcased on a revolving basis.

“In the same spirit of attracting film industry jobs to Nassau County and expanding what we started at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, the Autoseum will serve to provide an opportunity for students to not only build cars here but also to learn the trade,” Mangano said.

There is a tuition cost involved: $430 for 22 hours of classes, $640 for 30 hours, and $999 for 60 hours.

A one-hour class will be held in July and August to introduce students to the course work involved.

Though privately funded, the Autoseum has received $50,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds from the county. A total of $10,000 is dedicated to scholarships for 10 students.

For more information on visits, scholarships and other related issues, call 516-571-1894.

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