The world's best car museums

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

Every car enthusiast loves visiting museums. If you are looking to get up close with rare models or stand in front of a majestic Formula 1 car, read through the world’s best car museums.

For classic car & movie car fans: Peterson Automotive Museum, LA, California

The Peterson Automotive Museum in LA has four floors of classic production cars, racing cars, vintage motorbikes as well as a collection of television and movie cars.

Mullin Automotive Museum, Oxnard, California

The Mullin Automotive Museum is the definition of art deco. Specialising in art deco cars from the 20s to the early 40s, the Mullin Museum has a range of stunning bespoke and elegant Bugatti cars.

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart Germany

Showcasing the 131 years of Mercedes-Benz history, the Mercedes-Benz Museum highlights classics such as the 1921 Mercedes knight touring car to the 1969 C111 experimental car, as well as numerous examples from the firm’s Formula One history.

Porsche Museum, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany

The Porsche Museum has a regularly changing display of the world’s fastest cars. The museums displays world famous cars such as the 550 and 911, as well as Le Mans classics as the 917.

Volkswagen Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany

The Autostadt attracts over two million visitors per year. Displaying vintage Volkswagen cars in all their glory, the Autostadt museum also has prototypes and concept cars.

Audi Museum, Ingolstadt, Germany

The Audi Museums showcases the history of the four original brands to the modern Audis. The Museum allows you to examine gems such as the 855, Horch 853, Super 90, DKW F103 and its famous Quattro range.

BMW Museum, Munich, Germany

The BMW Museum in Munich displays a selection of cars and bikes. The Museum documents the history of the early BMW cars to the fast M models, as well as the F650 and RS 255 bikes.

Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena, Italy

The Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum documents the carmaker’s legacy and displays vintage race cars such as the first car bearing the Ferrari branding, the 1947 125 S, right up to the latest and greatest – the LaFerrari.

Mille Miglia Museum, Italy

Located in an 18th century monastery, the Mille Miglia Museum is a tribute to the historical endurance race started in 1927 until 1957. The race proved the endurance and speed of racing carmakers such as Ferraris, Maserati, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

The Henry Ford Museum traces the history of cars and some of the most famous in recent decades. The Museum includes fantastic memorabilia such as the limo in which John F Kennedy was shot, Rosa Parks Bus and the seat that Abraham Lincoln was sat on when he was assassinated.

The National Corvette Museum, Kentucky

In production since 1953, the National Corvette Museum showcases the Chevrolet Corvette. The Museums currently has over 70 Corvettes in periodic settings such as a service station and historic race track. There may be a bit of maintenance still going on, however, after the museum was victim to a treacherous sinkhole that swallowed up a handful of classic and modern Corvette examples.

Cité de l’Automobile, Mulhouse, France

Featuring the world’s largest collection of Bugatti cars, the Cité de l’Automobile also has a range of classic cars including Mercedes, Lancias, Ferraris, ABC Motors and Citroens.

Donington Grand Prix Exhibition, England

Donington has the largest collection of Formula One cars in the world. The extensive 130 car exhibit collection is housed in four halls. The exhibition includes Williams and McLaren racing cars as well as cars driven by famous drivers such as Nigel Mansell.