Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM... Something for Everyone! A Museum That Offers Historical Land and Air Transportation
Welcome to the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM. We are inviting you to view more than 3,000 exhibits from all areas of technical history on more than 30,000 sqm of indoor space and in our open air ground. The exhibitions include a genuine CONCORDE from Air France and the Russian Tupolev TU-144, more than 300 classic cars, 200 motorcycles, 40 racing cars, the largest permament formula-1 exhibition in Europe, 60 airplanes, 20 locomotives, and much more.
One of the greatest attractions is the IMAX 3D film theater which shows absolutely realistic three-dimensional movies on a 22 x 27 m large screen. Comfortable accommodation can be found at the Hotel Sinsheim just a few steps away from the museum.
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In the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM you can experience the adventure of technology in a truly unique way – thrilling, exciting and entertaining. Vintage cars, racing cars, aircraft, motorcycles, utility vehicles, locomotives, fashion, engines – on every corner there is something new to discover. Follow the tour to learn more about Europe’s largest private technology museum with an indoor space of over 30.000 m².
The automobile exhibition in the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM is legendary worldwide. More than 300 vintage cars from all epochs are constantly presented. They are ranging from the beginning of the early automobiles up to present day models and are comprising nearly everything that ever set wheels on the roads of the world, from the motor-carriage from the end of the 19th century up to the luxury cars of Maybach, Mercedes and Rolls-Royce. Most of the exhibits are roadworthy specimen on loan from members of our museum society, which are being exercised on a regular basis and frequently exchanged. Among many other rarities there are awaiting you the largest private collection of vintage Mercedes automobiles with supercharged engines in the world and the largest Maybach collection in Germany.
One of the highlights of the vintage car exhibition at the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM is the collection of historical Mercedes automobiles. At the museum, in addition to many other models, our visitors can admire no less than 16 of the legendary Mercedes compressor-cars, among them specimen of the S, SS and SSK series from the 1920s and 1930s, all of them, in running order. Together with the Maybach-limousines they are representing the absolute top class of contemporary automobiles, as far as both, their quality and their price was concerned. To be able to aquire a dream car of this kind you had to invest the equivalent of a family home in a first-class location.
From 1921 through 1941 Maybach was building automobiles with first-ranking technology worldwide. They were always among the best, but also the most expensive fast movers on four wheels. Their top model was the "Zeppelin" of which only about 200 specimen were built. But few people were in a position to own a Maybach automobile. In the course of their 20 years of production they produced no more than 1800 vehicles, with Maybach always providing only the engine and the chassis. The best coachbuilders competed for the honor of creating constantly new dream cars, based on a Maybach chassis. At the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM we show one of the largest Maybach collections worldwide!
American Dream Cars Collection
More than two decades big limousines were dominating the highways of America. Luxuriously equipped, with oversized bodywork gleaming with chrome, huge V8-engines, a super-soft suspension and the obligatory whitewall tires all combined to shape the image of the "American Way of Life", along with hamburgers, petticoats, Rock'n Roll and Coca-Cola. At the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM we are showing you the largest collection of these dream cars in all of Europe in a corresponding ambience.
Formula 1 and Motorsports
Only a few kilometers away from Hockenheim-Circuit the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM devotes an important place for racing cars in its exhibition hall. In addition to many classics of Bugatti, Mercedes and many more, we are presenting the largest permanent formula-1 exhibition in Europe next to a large collection of historical race cars. Side by side you will find here the legendary racers that served the most famous formula-1 pilots of the last decades to fight their breathtaking duels.
Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche – is there anyone who does not know these icons of motor vehicle production ? In our sports car department you can admire many of the most gorgeous specimen ever to leave the factory buildings of these noble forges up close. Few of us will ever be granted the privilege of experiencing the vigorous power of 500 hp or more in a dream car of this kind. But it will be allowed to fantasize about it, if only a little.
Well into the 1950s the motorbike was, first of all, a comparatively inexpensive means of locomotion for those who could not afford an automobile. And it was not until the late sixties that it was rediscovered as a leisure time vehicle and expression of newfound zest of life. About 300 motorbikes on permanent exhibition at the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM are documenting all stages of development from the beginnings up to our times.
If you wish to get close to the fascination of aviation the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM is the right place for you. More than 60 aircraft and helicopters are awaiting you in the museum halls and on the open-air ground. Besides the legendary supersonic aircraft Concorde and Tupolev TU-144 there are many more icons of aviation history that can be admired and visited. Experience the legendary passenger aircraft Junkers Ju-52, military aircraft like the World War II fighter plane Messerschmitt Me-109 or unusual aircraft like the firefighting plane Canadair CL-215.
The industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th century created a basis for many new technological developments. One of them was the invention of the railway. Until these days railway technology is radiating a fascination that hardly anyone can elude. About 20 full-size railway engines can be admired at the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM; the impact they have on our visitors is striking not least due to their colossal dimensions which are shown off to advantage in the museum halls.
The collection of historic tractors and towing vehicles on exhibit in the Auto & Technik MUSEUM SINSHEIM is world-famous. Of particular singularity are the numerous Lanz-Bulldogs as well as the American tractors, among others by Fordson, John Deere and McCormick from the beginning of the last century. Further highlights are the steam-propelled motor-plows, locomobiles, roadrollers and towing vehicles which can hardly be found in this variety in any other museum, as well as the frame-saw of 1870, operated by water-power and still in good working order, which was installed at the Museum.
At all times technical innovations were not only used in the civil but also in the military field. As a matter of fact, but for the military many inventions would not have been made in the first place, and if at all then only greatly delayed. The progress that was achieved in this field in a few months‘ time towards the end of World War II under the enormous pressure of military necessities would have taken many years to materialize in times of peace. A museum which has made it its goal to demonstrate technological history in its entirety, cannot possibly evade the obligation to award its due place to military technology, too. Along these lines, the department of military history at the Technik Museum Sinsheim is focusing its attention on the motorization of armed forces in the Second World War, with the main emphasis on tanks, aircraft, trucks, tractors and other utility vehicles.