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“Stunning Collection”

Cite de l'Automobile - Collection Schlumpf
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Mulhouse
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: With 400 vehicles on show, the Schlumpf Collection is certainly the most prestigious collection in the world. This is demonstrated by the two Bugatti Royales, including the famous Coupé Napoléon, the 150 Bugatti, Hispano-Suiza, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Maybach, Mercedes models, etc. From the first car, a Panhard-Levassor from 1894, to the present day, the Cité de l'Automobile brings the saga of the automobile to life. A living history as visitors can start a vintage car with a crank.
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We combined a trip to the car museum with a trip to the railway museum as you can get a combined discount ticket.

This museum has a simply stunning collection of cars right from the beginning of motoring trough to 70s/80s
The collection of Bugatti's is out of this world .

If you like cars THIS IS A MUST DO VISIT

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Here is the GREATEST collection in the world of automobiles. Cap-stoning this collection is a group of Bugatti Royales Type 41 that anyone who has seen one restored to its original elegance will swoon over. I know I was taken by the shop that is in the process of restoring several right now. They have three of these cars in special area that is lit, on a raised platform and housed all by themselves. Be prepared to spend several minutes just looking at these examples of coach work that are restored to their original specifications, makes you exclaim "WOW!" That was world I heard over and over when taking a short three plus hour tour of this converted textile mill. How it became THE world class museum is a story unto itself. You will be disappointed if you expect to see early Ford and Chevy models. Yes, there are two representatives of American automobiles. A 1979 Chrysler New Yorker and a 1968 Camaro Z-28. That's all. However we are here to look at the history of the automobile without the normal American marketing spin. Here you see the all of the original cars as they were hand-made in Europe. Will you see a Stanley Steamer? No! Will you see the first steam powered automobile? Yes. Will you see the actual car that almost won the 1962 Indianapolis 500, a rear engined car. Yes, in 1961 Jack Brabham brought the first rear -engined car, however he was beset with mechanical problems. Then came 1963, now denoted as the Day the Dinosaurs died because from that day forward, all cars at Indy, that placed in the top echelon were rear-engined. That car is in this museum! This is not a museum to be looked at quickly. We took hundreds of pictures and have dedicated a special drive in my personal collection of automobile images because this is the collection to top them all. I have been at the Peterson, the LeMay and even Jay Leno's collection. When Jay comes here, he will find a way to stay for a few days. His collection of American cars is great. He is to be congratulated for his willingness to restore cars with an American name on them. Jay will really swoon when he sees this collection. So will you. I will post some pictures at a later date. Now I just have to figure out which ones.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

It's a minor point (or maybe not?) but this fantastic place is badly let down by poor lighting). Even with a good camera, one would need to be a professional photographer to compensate!

However, it's a minor point to grumble over. I'm not a great car lover and prefer two wheels any day, but this museum was really, really interesting. It helped place the automobile industry in a European, social history context, and to see how the motor car evolved from the late 1800s to the modern period was just really interesting.

There is a good shop to buy souvenirs (although slightly on the expensive side of things) and the little cafe was very pleasant.

My wife and I stayed for about two hours, but a real 'car lover' could easily spend the day in this place.

Thank AvidIrishReader
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I must stress that I am not a car lover but I visited here with my boyfriend who reverted to being a kid for a few hours! The museum is set out very well and it was fascinating seeing the cars being developed through history, the evolution of the racing car and the beautifully restored/maintained classic cars. They have displays on outside and interactive engines on the way out and I enjoyed every minute. I'm still not converted to loving cars over handbags but I can appreciate their beauty just as much (hehe!!).

You have to pay for parking so factor in about 5 euros for 4 hours but I think we both agree that we didn't mind paying for this well maintained, modern museum. And the electronic guides are free so that's always a bonus!

Thank Vicky R
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Take your time - half a day - if you want to really enjoy this place.
Famous car makers and their 'babies' are all represented here. Rolls Royce royals, and sporty Bugatti - oh, what a treat for an automobile enthusiast. Oldies but goldies - so glad we got to see this collection - it is supposed to be the largest car collection in the whole world.
You can visit this museum whether you are in France, Germany or Switzerland, as Mulhouse lies right there in that corner where these three countries meet.

Thank Magdalena C
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