Nothing but absolute automobile heaven. As a car crazy child I was overawed by the National Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham, but if I had been taken here instead, I would have sniffed at anything less. With a hundred of some of the most amazing cars in history, from the earliest ever made, to unique luxury examples built for the likes of Emperor Hirohito and Pope Paul VI, the collection is world class. Wandering the many floors of sparkling chrome and metal I was reduced to being a ten year old again, only this time snapping every single car with my digital camera, to ogle at again and again.
Since I first visited 12 years ago, the museum has undergone a complete overhaul. There's a magnificent new building to house all the cars, and many new exhibits. The building is like something out of Metropolis, and inside Art Deco lift capsules whisk you to the top floor so that you can begin your descent through the history of Mercedes. It no longer feels like a museum visit, but an experience. But along with the improvement in design has come an increase in prices and popularity. The visit is no longer free, and you can find yourself crushed by the throngs on certain days of the year.
The museum is now 8 euros (4 for kids) and open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
In 2006 we visited the Mercedes Benz Musea at Stuttgard....
I must say its a really good Museum because you see how everything had changed during the time that has passed... even when you are not into cars you can enjoy it...
So I think its a must see when you are in the area...
Its closed on Monday
I was sorry to have missed my opportunity to see the Porsche factory, but I failed to heed another warning that you must call ahead. You should heed my advice and call. But I did enjoy spending an hour there, looking at the museum.
I never tried to tour the Mercedes factory, after all, they have so many of them throughout Germany. But I did drive across the city and tour the Mercedes Museum and I'm glad that I did. If you want to see the better museum and have only limited time, or perhaps a limited view to your enthusiasm from your spouse or other travel companions, I'd suggest the Mercedes Museum as it is much better.
When you have arrived at the front door by shuttle (see in directions below), you will walk in and to the right, you will find a staffed kiosk where friendly and helpful attendants will provide you with a recorded tour in the language of your choice. I cannot remember if it was free to use this item, but I think it was. Forgive me if I'm wrong about that. Anyway, this thing is controlled by you, as to the pace. At a certain point, I chose to turn it off until I found something I wanted to know more about. Whatever your particular Mercedes interest, you should find some representation of it here. There were way too many of the first years cars for me. But all of the old Formula 1 cars and road cars and everything else was here. The museum is stylish and easy to navigate. There is a nice boutique and cafe (and nope, the food and drink is not expensive). This is a museum and there's not much for small kids unless they like cars. So if possible you should avoid taking them, although the museum is kid friendly. I think they do have a rule about keeping them with you at all times.
The museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays, but is open Tuesdays through Sunday from 9-5. The parking is free, the tour is free. The layout is about 3 stories high, but the layout uses ramps that you walk up and more cars are laid out along the way. Individual tours can be arranged, but you'll need to call first.
The Mercedes Benz Museum is quite an experience if you like auto history and reviewing a collection of some of the coolest cars made. The entry cost 8 euro and included an audio guide, which they give you the neck strap at the end of the tour. The exhibition starts at the top of the building (about 6 stories) and as you walk down the cylindrical building the history of the Daimler/Mercedes Benz unfolds with explanations, techie stuff, and autos, buses, boats, planes to die for. There is a brief world history to put the auto history in context.
Amazing museum located in an amazing building. Everyone is provded with an audio guide (language of choice) at the entrance and can browse the history of one of the biggest motor brands from their very beginnings to present how one likes. Along with getting to know about crucial events of each historical period. Sight of the beautiful cars combined with a bit of interactive, audio guide provides commentary from technical details to easy words for kids...this all creates an unforgettable experience!
Mentionable is also a section dedicated to racing history of Mercedes.
there is a lot of stuff at the mercedes museum. not only do they have the cars (lots!) built throughout their history on display, but they have great videos and audio supplementary about the history of the company and how their cars are made. i found it a much more complete experience than the porsche museum. best thing: each section has a video explaining the historical period related to that section (5-10mins approx) and it is great because it sums up what you have seen and yet tells you the story of mercedes.
A great exhibit! A beautiful building filled with cars, trucks, commercial vehs, and even race cars. Who knew Mercedes had their hand in so many cool things? Very well done, and worth a couple hour visit.
Approx 11US for entrance
The brand new Mercedes-Benz Museum Complex is an architectural time capsule, that showcases 160 of the greatest hits of the carmakers. The nine levels of the automotive gallery hold the stunning atrium.
The visit begins by taking the bullet-shaped elevator to the top of the museum, then you descend down on helix-shaped ramps. You are guided by an individual head phone that activate when near an exhibit.
Everything is on the show, from antique jalopies and futuristic concept cars, through the record-breaking Silver Arrows of the 1930s to the regal 770 Grand Mercedes of Kaiser Wilhelm and also the bulletproof Popemobile of Pope John-Paul.
There is a cavalcade of racecars, wonders of the Mercedes engineering, the Sterling Moss driving winner of the 1955 Mille Miglia, Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1956 Grand Prix championship car and the modern era F1 Mercedes-McClaren of Mika Hakkinen.
You can naturally also the newest models visit like the CL-Class coupes.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 6 pm
Day ticket 8,00 €
If you are interested in German engineering and marvel at the luxury car market, this is the museum for you. You'll see a collection of many great historic and modern vehicles. Also, a tour of the post-modern architecture of this building is available.
Hours: Tue - Sun from 0900 to 1800
Ticket Sales end at 1700
Go to the website below for updated hours and admission prices.
Traces the history of the world famous automobile manufacturer. Many exhibits to admire including some very old ones. One question I've yet to have answered, The oldest exhibits were right hand drive, when did Europe change to driving on the left?
Anyway, an enjoyable visit for us and good value at 8 euro entry.
This futuristic building covers 16,500 square metres of exhibition space and accommodates only 160 vehicle exhibits. The museum also has a restaurant and museum shop.
Das neue Mercedes-Museum bietet eine nahezu lückenlose Dokumentation über die Entstehung des weltweit bekannten und erfolgreichen Automobilbauers.
Es besticht durch seine einzigartige Architektur.
The pioneers of the motorcar were Gottleib Daimler and Carl Benz, who, separately, began to make cars at the end of the 19th century. The impressive Mercedes-Benz Museum tells the story of their partnership via recorded commentary amid numerous gleaming vehicles. The 100 automobiles on display include the first car ever built. Mercedes-Benz also runs free tours of its Sindelfingen plant.