Bucket List: World’s Best Car Museums

March 18, 2018

For a car enthusiast, a great auto museum is the closest thing you can get to pure joy. Being surrounded by classic autos, sleek race-cars, crazy concept cars and luxury automobiles is as good as it gets for anyone who loves cars. So if you are ready to take a trip, here are a few of our favorite “must visit” car museums.

 

California Route 66 Museum

 

As the song goes, “Get your kicks on Route 66.” It’s not surprising that California has earned the reputation as an extraordinary legacy in the auto world. With its bright sunny skies and long winding highways, The California Route 66 Museum pays tribute to the iconic Route 66, which originally extended from Chicago to Santa Monica.

Although the road was renovated and renamed in the 1980s, the legacy of Route 66 motoring endures. This museum features the cars that cruised along the iconic road, from the Model T Ford of the automobile industry’s earliest years to the legendary Volkswagen ‘hippie van’ of the 60s and 70s. It’s a great museum in a great location!

Canadian Automotive Museum

Just like Australia proudly developed a legacy of locally-made cars amidst the legends in the Asian market, Canada did too. The country has enjoyed a vibrant and rich history within the world of 4-wheeled wonders. From the French and British imports that forged the path of the Great White North to the locally-assembled icons of the Maple Leaf nation (i.e. the Mercury Meteor), the Canadian Automotive Museum features a great display of Canada and its role in automotive history.

The Ferrari Museum

There are few cars in the world as fast and furious as a Ferrari. In fact, the word Ferrari has become synonymous with performance. From tycoons of industry and royalty to athletes and celebrities, and even your run of the mill car enthusiast, if you love cars, you love Ferrari!

Situated in Maranello, within the northern Italian province of Italy the Ferrari Museum is a showcase of Ferrari’s history since it was established in 1947. Car lovers from around the world visit ‘Ferrari Country’ to get a glimpse of everything from Formula One icons and iconic models, to one-off vehicles that never made it to the assembly line. Throw in some Italian auto heritage, and the Ferrari Museum has something to offer everyone.

Mercedes-Benz Museum

What Ferrari is to Italy, Mercedes is to Germany! So if you are ever in Europe you must head north and pay a visit to a piece of racing history. Not only has Mercedes reentered Formula One racing in recent years, but also they are outright dominating the sport! Needless to say, there’s an extra buzz surrounding the Mercedes-Benz Museum, making it the perfect time to visit. Set in a sleek, stylish interior, this awesome auto museum showcases over 125 years of German engineering history. It’s a must for all connoisseurs of the Silver Arrows legend!

The Rolls-Royce Museum

The biggest Rolls-Royce Museum of the world is located in a historic textile factory in Dornbirn, Austria. The iconic Rolls-Royce Museum is popular for auto lovers and destination for hikers alike! Featuring over 1,000 exhibits, in a three-level 3.5000 m² exhibition area, the museum pays homage to the first Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility with an onsite restoration center, original tea room, and much more! Among the prized items you might spot the Safari-Touring-Car of King George V, the Limousine of King Edward VIII, the sporting Phantom II of Prinz Aly Khan, the blue Rolls-Royce of Malcolm Campbell, the parade car of  Dictator Franco, and the personal vehicle of F.H. Royce.

If you aren’t planning to visit Austria anytime soon, keep your eyes peeled in the UAE for the Rolls Royce Wisdom collection, featuring seven bespoke luxury models dedicated to the rich history of the Emirates!

Sharjah Classic Cars Museum

You don’t have to fly around the world to feast your eyes on beautiful classic cars. Located next to the Sharjah International Airport, UAE, the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum allows visitors to get up close and personal to some of the world’s most iconic make and model. Amongst the 100 classic cars on display, you’ll want to take note of the 1915 Dodge, 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman, 1957 Bedford Model, and much more!

With so many choices, it’s hard to decide where to visit first? What’s your favorite luxury auto museum? We’d love to hear about it in the comment sections below.