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Car Museums are the Best Kind of Museums

I feel the need...

I feel the need...

I’m a BIG car fan.  If I had the chance, I would stay up 24 hours and camp outside Le Mans and I would pay through the nose to watch a Grand Prix in Monaco.  Lucky study abroad students have great access to all of the major foreign manufacturers and motorsport.  Even better, many of these companies have large and elegant museums (I’m looking at you Porsche) where you can trundle down memory lane, see the most modern concepts, and view race winning cars.  While many of the museums are a bit far from study abroad centers, they are usually no more than a train ride away.

BMW Museum

The BMW museum was established in 1972, right before the start of the Munich Olympics.  It was recently renovated and includes fixtures from BMW’s 80 year history.  Tickets are 12 Euros.

Porsche Museum

This museum is one of the largest and one of the most recent.  Located in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, it boasts over 80 cars on display and special exhibits.  Until October 31, the special exhibit is a dedication to Ferry Porsche and his contributions to automotive history over the past 100 years.

Mercedes Museum

Also in Stuttgart, the Mercedes Museum opened in 2007 and contains over 160 cars spanning its long history.  8 Euros covers the cost of a ticket and includes a guided audio tour in several languages.

Galleria Ferrari

...for speed

...for speed

If you want to be seduced by passion and beauty, then the Galleria Ferrari is for you.  Iconic road and track cars from the manufacturer’s history are showcased right outside Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.  Head over to see Ferrari’s first car, the 125 S and a replica of Enzo’s office.  At 13 Euros, it’s a little pricier than the Porsche and Mercedes exhibits, but the wow factor will be huge.

Honda Collection Hall

The Hall is located at the Twin Ring Motegi complex in Motegi, Japan.  The complex was built by Honda and today is the site of both car and kart racing.  The Hall itself has a gallery of various Honda products including cars, motorcycles, and engines.

Peugeot Museum

Located in Sochaux, the Peugeot Museum traces the history of this venerable company.  While Peugeots haven’t been sold in the US for some time, they are still very active in Europe.  They even won the 24 Hours of Le Mans a few months ago.

Alfa Romeo History Museum

The Museum is sited near a now-unused Alfa factory in Milan, Italy, and has a large collection from nearly 100 years of company history.  Over 100 cars are on display, most of which are fully functional.  Alfa Romeo isn’t well known in the US, but after one trip to their museum, you’ll wish they were.

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