Experience automotive history
Mercedes-Benz sets standards with its museum too.
Architecture of the future for the history of the motor car.
The inventors of the automobile have also created the automotive museum: on 19 May 2006 the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart was opened. After a construction period of two-and-a-half years, a remarkable structure was created which represents an architectural highlight of urban development in the entire region of Stuttgart. Conceived by the famous "UNStudio van Berkel und Bos" in Amsterdam, the architecture illustrates the heritage of the brand. The building interior is modelled on the human DNA double helix, and is therefore dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz brand concept of originality:
creating entirely new concepts for the mobility of man, again and again – from the invention of the automobile through to the vision of accident-free driving. At the same time, the Museum is therefore seen as a centre of innovation which demonstrates – based loosely on the ideas of Wilhelm von Humboldt – that only those who understand the past will have a future.
Passing through 125 years of automotive history in two hours.
The exhibition concept itself is also an innovative, futuristic design which was developed and implemented by HG Merz, of Stuttgart and Berlin. On their good two-hour walk through the Museum, visitors are able to enjoy a unique journey through time covering more than 125 years of automotive history. They are transported by lift to the top floor of the Museum, from where two long, winding tour circuits make their way through the extensive collection and back to the starting point.
"Legend" and "Collection" rooms.
The first circuit comprises seven "Legend" rooms which tell the story of the brand in chronological sequence. For the second tour circuit, a whole host of vehicles is arranged in five "Collection" rooms, in which the brand portfolio and the collection are presented in all their diversity across the decades. For the first time, the Museum now also documents the long commercial vehicle history of Mercedes-Benz.
No less than 160 vehicles and a total of more than 1500 exhibits can be viewed on nine floors comprising an area of some 16,500 square metres. In this way, the Mercedes-Benz
Museum presents the more than 125-year history of the automotive industry almost in its entirety – and as such is the only museum in the world that has succeeded in doing so.