Car Museums



To accompany our Forum on picture cars we compiled a list of international car museums, for future production design research and inspiration!

THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Los Angeles, California

The Petersen Automotive Museum is America's premier automotive museum. Featuring a collection of over 400 vehicles, the Petersen Automotive Museum encompasses 1 full city block and has over 150,000 sq. ft. of

exhibition space.

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LANE MOTOR MUSEUM Nashville, Tennessee

Lane Motor Museum features 150 unique cars and motorcycles and is home to the largest European collection in the U.S. The vehicles

date from the early 1900s all the way up to modern day and feature a varied collection

of microcars, amphibious vehicles, military vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, prototypes,

one-of-a-kind vehicles and motorcycles.

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THE HENRY FORD MUSEUM OF AMERICAN INNOVATION Dearborn, Michigan

Through themed collections and interactive exhibits, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village pay homage to some of our nation’s most important and prolific thinkers and doers. From race cars to freedom rides, modular houses to microprocessors, the wide-ranging exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation bring you face to face with real things that have the power to inspire, inform and engage.


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HARLEY DAVIDSON MUSEUM Milwaukee, Wisconsin

With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia,

a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar

full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for

visitors from around the globe.

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MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Oxnard, California

Founded in 2010, the Mullin Automotive Museum strives to educate guests about 20th-century French automotive styling and design. The museum boasts nearly 47,000 square feet of exhibit space in an elegantly designed structure, which was previously owned by legendary newspaper publisher Otis Chandler.

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PORSCHE MUSEUM Stuttgart, Germany

Enjoy a close-up experience of the history of Porsche. Encounter legendary racing and sports cars, fascinating production models as well as unusual prototypes. More than 80 vehicles will take you from the early years all the way to the present days of Porsche’s history.

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CENTRO STORICO FIAT Turin, Italy

The Fiat Historical Centre contains the brand museum and the company archive. It is based in Turin, in a fine Art Nouveau building in the area where the company's first manufacturing workshops were set up.


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MERCEDES-BENZ MUSEUM Stuttgart, Germany

On nine levels and covering a floor space of 16,500 m², the museum presents breathtaking vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits. Discover the automotive and contemporary history from the very first patented car in the world to the hydrogen vehicle from this millennium.


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BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM Lighthorne Heath, England

The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras.


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CITÉ DE L'AUTOMOBILE Mulhouse, France

Located in Mulhouse in Alsace, the Cité de l'Automobile - National Museum - Schlumpf Collection - is the largest automobile museum in the world. Visit this exceptional museum created by Fritz Schlumpf, recently modernized and extended, which covers more than 25,000 m². With an audio-guided tour, discover 400 historic, prestige or racing models that tell the story of the automobile, including the famous Bugatti Royales.


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MUSEO DELL'AUTOMOBILE Turin, Italy

The MAUTO – Museo dell’Automobile of Turin boasts one of the rarest and most interesting collections of its kind, with over 200 original cars of 80 brands from all over the world. Founded in 1932, the MAUTO hosts over 150 original cars of 80 different brands from the mid-19th century to the present day. The only National Museum of its kind, it tells the story of the automobile and its evolution from a means of transport to an object of worship.


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HERITAGE TRANSPORT MUSEUM Tauru, India

Established in 2013 as India’s first comprehensive transport museum, the museum brings alive the history and evolution of transport heritage in India through a rich and diverse collection of vehicles and associated memorabilia. The collection is representative of not just the objects directly related to transport but also of the socio-cultural life and art associated with it. The museum is home to more than 2,500 curated objects on display that weave a tale of India’s colorful transportation history.


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MUSEO PIAGGIO Pontedera, Italy

The Piaggio Museum was established in March 2000 in the tooling department of the ancient factory, one of the oldest and most evocative units of the Pontedera factory complex, where the company transferred its production in the early ‘20s. It has become today the largest and most comprehensive Italian museum dedicated to two wheels, including many unique examples that do not just tell of the history of the Piaggio Group and its brands, but also trace the history of a country's mobility and industrial and social development.


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TOYOTA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM Nagakute, Japan

What makes the Toyota Automobile Museum truly unique is its systematic presentation of the evolution and culture of automobiles from around the world, regardless of manufacturers and covering everything from the world’s first gasoline-powered car to modern electric vehicles. Almost all the exhibited vehicles are maintained in roadworthy condition, positioned spaciously along a natural viewing route. Equally fascinating are some 4,000 pieces of automobile-related cultural items on display.


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RIGA MOTOR MUSEUM Riga, Latvia

Riga Motor Museum is the biggest antique vehicle museum in the Baltic countries, located in Riga, Latvia. The museum is a state agency operating under the Republic of Latvia Ministry of Transport. One of the most significant exhibits in the museum is a replica of the 1938 Auto Union racing car Type D. The original car was saved from cutting into scrap by Viktors Kulbergs, president of Antique Automobile Club of Latvia.

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