Art is a very subjective thing, it makes you look and question what someone else has envisioned as pleasing to the eye. It evokes reaction and emotion and in some cases creates controversy. Me personally, I see art in the form of automobiles. Some may disagree with me but the fact of the matter is every car that has ever been designed started with someones internal vision and a clean sheet of paper. They are the creative thoughts of a designers imagination carefully crafted into usable and functional transportation devices. The majority of us see these four wheel beauties everyday and most of us, myself included have a tendency to take them for granted. There are however places where these masterpieces of technology and motion are on display for everyone to see. They’re called museums (just so you know) and we’ve managed to round up 10 great ones for you.
1. Mercedes Benz Museum: Stuttgart, Germany.
With 16,500 sq. ft. of space, the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany is an architectural masterpiece located directly outside of the Dailmer factories main gate. The structure houses over 160 vehicles that span Mercedes vast automotive history.
2. Petersen Automobile Museum: Los Angeles, CA
The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.
This is the real and true keeper of the Ferrari myth. The official museum of Ferrari in Maranello, Italy gathers in its halls the cars, the images and the trophies that wrote the Ferrari successes in the world.
4. The Henry Ford Museum: Dearborn, MI
It began as a simple yet bold idea to document the genius of ordinary people by recognizing and preserving the objects they used in the course of their everyday lives. It grew into the ultimate place to explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented. It is a remarkable destination that brings American ideas and innovations to life. The sweeping, single-floor space with its soaring 40-foot ceilings covers nine acres dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind ever assembled.
5. GM Heritage Center: Sterling Heights, Michigan
The GM Heritage Center serves as a showplace for the vehicles of the GM Heritage Collection, and as the home of the Heritage and Media Archive. Located in an 81,000 square foot facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the Center has approximately 200 vehicles on display, while the archive houses 15,000 linear feet of shelving containing significant documents, manuals, brochures, and artifacts documenting GM’s rich history of innovation.
6. The Porsche Museum: Stuttgart, Germany
Porsche is both the smallest independent German automaker and the world’s most profitable automaker. This is based on decades of experience in automotive manufacturing and in motor sports. The history of Porsche sports cars begins in 1948 with the legendary Type 356 “No. 1,” but the conceptual basis of the brand is the result of the lifelong work of Professor Ferdinand Porsche (1875–1951), which was continued by his son Ferry (1909–1998).
The Volo Car Museum in Volo, IL is not so much about preserving automotive history as it is about showing it off. Think of it as Disneyland, but with automobiles. Show cars, movie cars and TV cars are all on display for the entire family to enjoy.
8. Lamborghini Museum: Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy
So you like Ferrari’s, but you LOVE Lamborghini’s eh… well then, this is the place for you. The museum opened in 2001 as a sign of Automobili Lamborghini’s commitment to celebrate, with the new millennium, a new breed of dream cars.
9. The National Corvette Museum: Bowling Green, KY
Since 1953 the Corvette has been America’s Sports Car. The National Corvette Museum was established as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future.
10. The BMW Museum: Munich, Germany
The museum brings the BMW heritage to life in an experience encompassing all the senses and invoking the spirit of the innovative, dynamic character of the BMW brand. The museum architecture, and exhibition and media design form an ideal setting to present the rich tapestry of themes in a very special way. The BMW Museum takes new approaches by integrating contemporary architecture with the historic buildings in the same way as the brand is always setting new and innovative benchmarks for engineering and design.