Calling Car Buffs
Shanghai Auto Museum
Since the Shanghai Auto Museum opened in 2007, car buffs from the world over have been stopping in Shanghai to get an angle on the most expansive, dedicated auto museum in the country, with a collection to rival its international counterparts, from Tokyo’s Mega Web to Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen AutoMuseum. An architectural building conceptualised by the Tonji University Design & Research Institute in collaboration with Germany’s IFB, the Auto Museum is a sleek, curved glass structure, meant to resemble a ‘stack of books’ symbolic of all it offers within.
The museum is divided into five exhibition spaces, with a hall each dedicated to history, antique cars, technology, brand and culture, and an exhibition pavilion for temporary shows. The 70 vehicular models on display from the permanent collection span a century’s worth of automobile history, with the oldest, a German ‘Mercedes Number One’ tricycle dating back to 1886, and the newest a BMW 750 ‘Hydrogen Fuel Concept Car’ from 2000. Don’t miss the now iconic 1950s Volkswagen ‘public van’, the 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom 3, and the locally manufactured models like the 1964 Shanghai SH760. To make a full day out of your trip to Shanghai’s ‘automobile city’, book an appointment to tour the Shanghai Volkswagen factory, and only a quick taxi ride away is Shanghai’s International F1 Circuit. Zoom to it!