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National Automobile Museum – Schlumpf collection

For those who love beautiful cars

It is one of the jewels of Mulhouse’s museums, and for good reason: the unique collection of the former Schlumpf Museum makes it the most prestigious automobile museum in the world!

History of the museum

In the beginning was… the Schlumpf family

Since 1935, with the purchase of their first company, the Schlumpf brothers, Hans and Fritz, invest in the textile industry in Mulhouse. But it is between 1961 and 1963 that Fritz begins to buy, in secret, many old cars…

Two years later, the collection growing day by day, the idea of making a museum germinates in the head of Fritz Schlumpf. He then refurbished one of his factories to make a huge exhibition room of 17,000 m².

But the crisis in the Schlumpf factory in 1976 thwarted this project: prosecuted, the two brothers fled to Basel. The “Schlumpf affair” will last until 1979, then the collection will be put up for sale the following year.

In 1982, bought by the association of the National Automobile Museum, the museum opens its doors. It will be renovated and modernized in 2000.

The Automobile Museum: not to be missed!

The museum’s monumental entrance will not leave you indifferent. In front of you, an imposing door made of wood, glass and steel, is dressed by cars suspended several meters high. The wow effect is immediate!

As you enter the museum, the wall of images accompanies you for an almost instantaneous immersion in the heart of automotive passion.

Then, the first space of the museum tells the automotive adventure, from the “ancestors” of the car to the modern versions. A history that is declined in 243 iconic models, all impeccably aligned.

As for the two spaces “racing” and “dream cars”, they gather exceptional car models, whose gleaming chrome and curves will dazzle you!

Finally, make way for the museum’s stars, the iconic and rare Bugatti Royale without forgetting the Bugatti Veyron with its breathtaking speed record!

3 reasons to visit the National Automobile Museum

Bugatti: the jewels of the collection

There are only six in the world, and two of them are present at the National Automobile Museum: the Bugatti Royale are undoubtedly the museum’s jewels.

A car of all excesses, its characteristics make you dizzy: 6m long, a power estimated between 200 and 300 horses. Destined for kings and millionaires, this unusual limousine did not find a buyer. But entered the legend.

So you can admire the Bugatti Royale “Napoleon Coupé”, Ettore Bugatti’s personal car and the Bugatti Royale Esders with atypical greens and perfect lines.

Worthy heir to its ancestor, the Bugatti Veyron, manufactured in Molsheim, Alsace perpetuates this quest for elegance and style – without forgetting mechanics or performance, as this supercar holds an impressive speed record: 431 km/h.

Discovery area, special collections: the museum from another angle

Dreaming about how the restoration of classic cars is done? Do you wonder how a classic car “lives”? Are mechanics and engine secrets your hobby? Three dedicated spaces put a spotlight on these themes.

The particular collections are also worth a visit. The mascot collection will allow you to admire these figurines that adorned the hoods of cars, including Rolls-Royce’s famous “Spirit of ecstasy.” And for the youngest (but not only), the Jammet collection of over 100 children’s cars will have you navigating between nostalgia and emotion.

Animations: for a fun and interactive visit

In addition to the collection, experience the museum in a different way!

For example, discover two real assembly robots (from the PSA Peugeot Citroën factory) in action, fget your picture taken behind the wheel of a Talbot, or take the big thrill of rollovers in a specially adapted vehicle.

At The Speedway, try your hand at driving a classic or sports car with My Classic Automobile waiting for you there every day from April to November.

How to enjoy the museum?


17 rue de la Mertzau 68100 Mulhouse

Bus : line 10, stop “Musée de l’Automobile”

Tram : line 1, stop “Musée de l’Auto”

Car : vast paying parking nearby

Bike : Vélocité station rue de la Mertzau

Full price: 18€
Reduced price : 14 €
Youth rate (4 to 17 years old): 101€
Family rate (4 people including 2 adults maximum and 2 children from 4 to 17 years old): 50 €
Under 4 years old: free

The Automobile Museum is part of the Mulhouse City Pass! Get a great rate to visit this museum and enjoy many other benefits.

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