Stuttgart. The future needs a past: it is on this theme that the Mercedes-Benz Museum comprehensively depicts the entire history of the automobile from its invention in 1886 to the future. 160 vehicles and a total of 1,500 exhibits are presented on nine levels with a total display area of 16,500 square metres. The museum has achieved an extraordinarily high level of international fame: well over 8 million people have visited the museum since it opened its doors in 2006.
The Mercedes-Benz brand is constantly reinventing itself. That is precisely what the museum shows: it takes the visitor on a journey through time, from the birth of the automobile and the fascinating origins and developments of the brand to the future of mobility. This function is also reflected in the architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, which was designed by UNStudio van Berkel & Bos in Amsterdam. The structure of the building takes its inspiration from the double helix of the DNA spiral that carries human genes.
Two tours take the visitor through the extensive permanent exhibition in wideranging curves. The tour through the seven Legend rooms relates the history of the brand in chronological order since the invention of the automobile in 1886.
The second tour presents vehicles across the different eras in their various categories in five Collection rooms. Visitors can switch between the two tours at any time to complete their museum experience. The icing on the cake is always the Legend 7 area: Silver Arrows – Races & Records: the spectacular presentation of a banked curve with racing and record-breaking cars from the entire motorsport history of the brand. Adjoining it is the Fascination of Technology display area on Level 0, with a focus on design