Belgium – Brussels
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
WEB: Autoworld Museum
Web language: English, French, Dutch
TEL: +32 2 736 41 65
This is a car museum.
The museum contains many examples illustrating the history of the motor car, thanks to Ghislain Mahy’s and his family’s gamble, and the persuasion of a prince who later became King Albert II. They were helped by the combined support of the ministerial responsibilities of the late vice-president of Autoworld, Minister Louis Olivier, formerly in charge of public works, and President Herman De Croo, communications minister for eight years. Autoworld is a historical environment adapted for teaching purposes and designed to continue to evolve.
The collection contains a lot of Belgian makes like Minerva, Germain, FN, Imperia, Fondu, Vivinus, Nagant, Belga-Rise and Miesse. Most of the cars on show in Autoworld come from the Mahy Collection which is one of the largest in the world comprising of around 1000 vehicles.
Autoworld is a private museum which rents the building from the community. Managed by a team and a board of directors it is open almost 365 days a year. It is also the theatre of numerous events throughout the year, not all necessarily linked to the motor car.
Over these last few years, and principally since 2010, the museum has undergone substantial transformations, permanent improvements and the setting-up of new zones such as “Sport & Competition” (2012), “Belgium at Autoworld” (2014) and the repair workshops (2015).
Every two years, a prestigious scenographic exhibition is held on the mezzanine, attracting a large number of visitors, and several times a year temporary exhibitions, always automotive related, are staged.
See also Mahymobiles Museum
Ghislain Mahy was fascinated by technology from an early age. He restored very rare and sometimes unique models. Ordinary series production vehicles he kept back for later on. He was convinced that one day they would be worth restoring and that sending them to the scrap merchant was a mortal sin. For him every wreck had potential. And he put his money where his mouth was because during the course of his life he personally restored dozens of cars helped by his son Ivan and a few friends. This is how he built up an impressive collection of vehicles.
For Ghislain and his son Hans and Yvan, the collection had always been a hobby, far from any commercial concern. Each year, five cars underwent restoration since it was physically impossible to do more.
The museum has a brasserie and a shop.
http://fantastic-ideas.com/category/slider/feed?doing_wp_cron The Brussels Times 18 April 2017
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