Prototyp – The Car Museum in Hamburg

You can hardly get any closer to the automotive icons of motorsport than at the car museum PROTOTYP in Hamburg's HafenCity. Barriers and separating glass walls are omitted in the presentation of the fascinating and often very rare exhibits, so that visitors can look at the vehicles and take exceptionally beautiful photos from all perspectives. An informative and entertaining pleasure!

This museum is different and therefore a kind of prototype. The aim is to convey passion for beautiful design and powerful engines. Under the motto "People. Power. Cars." not only are around 50 interesting vehicles presented, but an insight is provided into the life of legendary race drivers and constructors. History comes to life. History is told through stories.

With great attention to detail, selected small objects from the everyday life of the pioneers of motor racing (correspondence, trophies, curious key chains) round off the detailed informational texts, leaving facts and anecdotes in the minds of the visitors.

The focus of the permanent exhibition are sports and racing cars from the middle of the last century, including the "Fetzenflieger" by Otto Mathé, the Streamliner racing car by Petermax Mueller and the legendary Berlin-Rome car Porsche Type 64, considered a "forefather" of all the following Porsche sports cars. However, representatives of the new generation are to be admired, such as Michael Schumacher's and Sebastian Vettel's first "official car". If you want to feel, even for a few minutes, like a racing driver, just sit in the Porsche 356 driving simulator and select one of the international circuits of the display.

Over three floors (2,500 m2) there is also a glass workshop, a small cinema, a library, an audio box with individually selectable engine sounds of the most famous sports and racing cars, a wind tunnel to research "streamline knowledge" as well as temporary exhibitions on "automotive fascination". The adjacent museum café "Erlkönig" and the museum shop can make a relaxing "pit stop".

The impressive Rotklinkerbau, built 1902-1906, has been a listed building since 2005 ad since April 2008 and is the location of the Prototyp car museum. The formerly marshy ground on Großen Grasbrook, south-east of the city, demanded a special construction technique: The backbone of the 70-metre-wide building is a skeleton of 14 vertical steel columns and the corresponding number of cast-iron cross-beams, which are mounted in the joints. Under the direction of museum founders Thomas King and Oliver Schmidt, the building has been carefully modernised and with the stylish material repetition of the historic cast-iron elements in the interior and in the design of the entrance area forms a striking specimen in HafenCity.

So a visit to the PROTOTYP car museum is not only a worthwhile destination for technology enthusiasts, but anyone who has pleasure in intelligent implementation of performance and beautiful design.

Opening hours

  • Tue - Sun 10.00 a.m.  - 06.00 p.m.

For more information go to:
Hotline: 040-3999 69 70


Adults: 10,00 €
Children 4 - 14 years of age: 4,50 €
Free admission for children under the age of 4.
Families (2 adults and up to 3 children.): 22,00 €
Groups of at least 15: 8,50 €
Special exhibitions: 3,50 € extra

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Address: Shanghaiallee 7, 20457 Hamburg

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+49 (0) 40 - 300 51 701

Mon-Sat: 09.00 h - 19.00 h

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