Can’t get enough of collector cars, can you? We get it!
Not only are these special automobiles tons of fun to drive and work on… they’re also beautiful to look at. That’s why we put together this list of the top six car museums in the world.
From Stuttgart to The Hague, Oshawa to Oxnard, read on to discover some of the most interesting auto museums around.
Canadian Automotive Museum
Since 1962, the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario has displayed the world’s most significant collection of Canadian collector cars. Housed in an historic car dealership, the museum boasts Canadian cars from 1900s to the present day, as well American, British and European vehicles.
You’ll travel back in time to pre-World War Ontario, when small car manufacturing companies were booming, and explore the Canadian automobile era. Finish your visit with a stop in the museum’s gift shop.
Cité de l’Automobile/City of the Automobile
One of the world’s largest collections of historic and rare vehicles can be found in Mulhouse, France. Cité de l’Automobile/City of the Automobile is home to more than 450 cars, from almost 100 different auto manufacturers.
Vehicles of note include rare early Bugattis and racers of all stripes. There’s even an odd, egg-shaped prototype created by designer Paul Arzens, known as L’Oueff. Expect to see cars dating back to 1878 in this museum’s amazing collection of rarities.
Want to see the oldest private collection of historic autos in the world? Then head to The Hague in the Netherlands and tour the Louwman Museum. Home to 275 cars, the Louwman Family started the museum in 1934 with the goal of preserving collector cars and supporting motoring history.
Travel into the past through exhibits such as the Renault Type C (1900), the Hotchkiss AM 80 Veth Cabriolet (1923), and the Fiat 8V Demon Rouge (1953). The museum also houses an impressive collection of art inspired by motoring, such as toy cars, posters, sculptures, and automobilia.
Mullin Automotive Museum
The next time you’re in Oxnard, California, set aside an afternoon to explore the Mullin Automotive Museum. The museum features the once-private collection of Peter Mullin, an enthusiast of all things 20th century French design. The impressive collection features automobiles and carriages dating back to the 1800s.
Here you’ll find a range of rare cars, including many vintage Bugattis. You can also browse a collection of auto-related ArtDeco art artifacts, shop for gifts, and marvel at the beautifully restored building that houses Mullin’s amazing collection.
Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart
Encompassing nine floors and 16,500 square meters of exhibit space, the Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart offers a glimpse into an iconic automobile’s past and future. Here you’ll find more than 1,500 exhibits, starting with the first (ever) patented car to the hydrogen vehicle of tomorrow.
The museum traces the life and work of Carl Benz, who invented his first car in 1886. Explore more than 160 cars, attend a special event, and browse the gift shop.
Petersen Automotive Museum
Want to see the Batmobile in real life? How about Elvis Presley’s De Tomaso Pantera, or Rod Stewart’s 1938 400i Ferrari convertible? See all this and more at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Not only is this amazing museum packed with Hollywood glamour, it’s also home to one of the world’s largest collections, with more than 300 vehicles on display at any given time. Exhibits and collections include racers, electric cars, iconic autos, and rare vehicles that together span more than 120 years of automotive history.
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