With 400 vehicles on exhibition, the Schlumpf Collection is certainly the
most prestigious collection in the world, with the two Bugatti Royales,
including the famous Coupé Napoléon, 150 Bugattis, Hispano-Suiza,
Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Maybach, Mercedes, etc…
Since 1999 and its takeover by “Culture Espaces” the National Automobile
Museum has enjoyed a real renaissance.
The man behind the museum was Fritz Schlumpf, a rich textiles
manufacturer who was hugely enthusiastic about French and foreign cars.
From the 1960’s he used his fortune to buy over 500 models, which he
stored in Mulhouse in one of his disused weaving mills. This unique
collection was reserved for a very closed circle of privileged people and for
a long time was unknown to the general public.
In 1977, the Schlumpf brothers' industrial empire crumbled. The
employees decided to occupy the disused factory and discovered its
treasures. They opened the museum to the public for two years. In 1981,
on the initiative of Jean Panhard, an association was formed to save the
collection. It re-opened the museum in 1982.
Every year, over 210,000 visitors come to take part in this highly enjoyable
Cité de l’Automobile - Musée National Collection Schlumpf
192 avenue de Colmar
Tel : +33 (0)3 89 33 23 23
Opening hours (2007)
Open daily throughout the year:
From 1st January to 7 January 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
From 8 January to 2 February
Weekdays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Weekend: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
From 3 February to 30 March 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
From 31 March to 4 November 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
From 5 November to 31 December 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed 25 December
Adults : 10.50 €
Students, the disabled and unemployed: 8 €
Children aged 7 to 17: 5 €
Children under 7: free
Group rate (minimum 20 people): 8 €
School party rate (minimum 20 pupils): 5 €