• Feb 6, 2010
Mercedes-Benz Museum - Click above for high-res image gallery

Located in Stuttgart, Germany, the new Mercedes-Benz museum houses more than 160 vehicles and 1,500 exhibits ranging from the company's first cars, dating back to 1886, to the SLS AMG supercar of today. Built in 2006, the facility has accommodated no fewer than 2.8 million visitors who have had the option of taking a guided tour or browsing the car collection on their own. Unfortunately, haven't gotten the opportunity to be included in that list of visitors yet.

Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz has unloaded nearly 100 new photos of the 16,500-square-meter facility. You can see everything from the legendary Silver Arrows, to Formula 1 racers, to beautiful pre-war cars. All are included in the gallery below, or you can even take a virtual tour of the building at the museum's official web site.



[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

PRESS RELEASE:

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only museum in the world that can document in a single continuous timeline over 120 years of auto industry history from its very beginnings to the present day. On nine levels and covering a floor space of 16,500 square metres, the museum presents 160 vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits. As a place of innovation, it also demonstrates that history can point the way ahead.

The exhibition not only presents the fascinating history of the Mercedes-Benz brand, it also affords illuminating insights into the future. This dual function is also reflected in the architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, designed by the UNStudio of Dutch architects van Berkel and Bos, Amsterdam. The building's interior is inspired by the double helix structure of the DNA spiral that carries the human genome. This in turn illustrates the Mercedes-Benz brand's philosophy of originality – to continuously create radically new products to advance the cause of human mobility.

During a two-hour tour of the exhibition, visitors experience a unique journey through automotive history. Transported by lift to the uppermost level of the museum, the visitor arrives back in the year 1886, where two museum tours gradually spiral their way down through the extensive collection and back to the museum exit.

The first of the tours consists of seven Legend rooms which narrate the chronological history of the brand. The second tour groups the wealth of vehicles on display into five separate Collection rooms, which thematically document the breadth and diversity of the brand portfolio and collection. The visitor can switch from one tour to the other at any time. Both tours finish at the banked curve entitled Silver Arrows – Races & Records. The exhibition is rounded off by the Fascination of Technology display, which offers a glimpse into day-to-day work at Mercedes-Benz and also presents topics concerning the future of the automobile.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is such a wonderful building. When I worked at the classic centre I would often think up excuses to bring a car over there or go get something over in unterturkheim just to see the building. The one thing I would say though is the building overshadows the cars in terms of impact. It should definitely be on everyone's list to go see, it is quite amazing, all the cars are lit so they look like they are actually a photograph of the car. It is quite a surreal experience.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I went 10 years ago to the old Daimler Benz museum and was blown away by the cars they had then. They had some incredible pieces of history there and what was really cool was that some of the stuff was so accessible, to be able to get really close to a 300 Gullwing made my day. I am planning a trip to visit relatives in Germany next year,so I'll have to plan the Frankfurt Auto show and all the big manufacturer museums( can't wait to see this and the Porsche museum). Getting stoked about it all just typing this :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is amazing display style & best arrangement of display of cars.
      http://www.mywebautocenter.com/rvs
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is the most beautiful thing Ive seen. The cars, the architecture. I would live there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When you visit the racing section, listen carefully to the sounds, especially the old Benz racers. Mercedes asked and I donated a bunch of old race records I had collected so a company in Basel could create the sound tracks. As a thank you, I got a walk-thru of the building as it was under construction with the director as a tour guide - and same for the old museum. Haven't gotten back, but sure want to see the finished product!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh Yeah, it's impressive alright. These (along with the Porsche, Audi and BMW Museums) are the new cathedrals of Germany- they display what the Germans call "heimat"....what is intrinsically German; and these gorgeous automobiles are the perfect temporal icons for the times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is just going to be amazing to see.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's definitely something that I want to do in the next year or two. I'm 27, and have been a MB fanatic since I was about 5. It's hard to describe the passion I have for the company and its products without sounding like an odd fool, so I will leave it at that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      New item to add to bucket list, being a new, first-time Mercedes owner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally on my bucket-list, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I concur with everyone here. The new Mercedes-Benz museum is one of the best automotive museums in the world. I was fortunate enough to spend my two weeks of vacation in Germany last October and visited the big four, Mercedes, BMW, Audi & Porsche. Mercedes was by far the most interesting and cheapest. I think we paid 4 euros p/p(after a discount) verses 24 euros p/p @ Porsche. If you plan on visiting the Mercedes museum plan to be there all day. The the new Mercedes-Benz museum experience starts at the parking deck where you will see several previous concept cars that are now in production e.g Vision CLS Coupe, Vision B Concept, Vision GLK BlueTec Hybrid and some good ol oldies aka Young Classics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Truly an impressive building. Feels a bit surreal, like out of a science fiction movie. Shows the greatness of the German nation, its engineers and its ability to achieve. Shame our museums here from GM or Ford are nowhere near of this scope, even though there would be some great things to show...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been there, it's amazing. I got a hell of a lot more than 100 photos though!
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