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Automuseum Prototyp

Sports cars. Racing driver legends. Rare automobiles.

Experience the fascination of automobiles in the AUTOMUSEUM PROTOTYP: Rare sports and racing cars from the early post-war period and modern times can be admired barrier-free.

You can hardly get closer to automobile icons of motor sport than in the PROTOTYP Automobile Museum in Hamburg's HafenCity. The presentation of the fascinating and usually very rare exhibits does without annoying barriers and separating glass walls, so that visitors can view the vehicles from all perspectives and take exceptionally beautiful photos. An informative as well as entertaining pleasure!

History comes alive

This museum is different and therefore itself a kind of prototype. The aim is to convey a passion for beautiful design and powerful engines. Thus under the slogan "persons. Power. not only about 50 interesting cars. not only presents around 50 interesting vehicles, but also provides insight into the lives of legendary racing drivers and designers. History comes alive in this way. Small objects selected with great attention to detail from the everyday life of the pioneers of motor sport (correspondence, trophies of victory, curious key rings) round off the picture in miniature, which the detailed information texts with facts and anecdotes in the minds of the visitors create.

Sports & racing cars from 80 years of the automobile's history

The permanent exhibition focuses on sports and racing cars from the middle of the last century, including the "Fetzenflieger" by Otto Mathé, the streamlined racing car by Petermax Müller and the legendary Berlin-Rome car Porsche Type 64, which is considered the "ancestor" of all subsequent Porsche sports cars. But representatives of the newer generation can also be admired, such as Michael Schumacher's and Sebastian Vettel's first "company car". Anyone who wants to feel like a racing driver for a few minutes simply gets into the Porsche 356 driving simulator and selects one of the international race tracks on the display.

Of performance and elegant design

On three floors (around 2,500 m²) there is also a glass workshop, a small cinema, a library, an audio box with individually selectable engine sounds of the best-known sports and racing cars, a wind tunnel for researching one's own "streamline knowledge" as well as changing special exhibitions on the subject of "Fascination Automobiles". The adjacent museum café "Erlkönig" and the museum shop invite you to a relaxed "pit stop".

The home of the Automuseum

The impressive red brick building, which was erected between 1902 and 1906, has been a listed building since 2005 and has been the seat of the prototype car museum since April 2008. The formerly boggy ground at Grosse Grasbrook, southeast of the Speicherstadt, required a special construction technique: the backbone of the 70-meter-wide building forms a skeleton of 14 vertical steel piers and correspondingly many cast-iron crossbeams, which are mounted in joints. Under the direction of the museum founders Thomas König and Oliver Schmidt, the building was 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 solitaire in HafenCity.

A visit to the PROTOTYP automobile museum is not only a rewarding destination for technology enthusiasts, but also for anyone who enjoys the intelligent implementation of performance and attractive design.

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