Ever since Henry Ford revolutionized the way we saw Car Museums, this spectacular invention has been one of the most fascinating and interesting products of human ingenuity. It’s never been just about transportation – your car sends a message about the type of person you are. Do you drive a sports car? Then you must be rich enough in order to be able to afford it and like to live in the world of high stakes and high speeds, with your adrenaline filled arteries causing your brain to ignore the speed limits, just like you probably ignore all the limitations in your day-to-day life.
You don’t succumb to authority and you don’t like people telling you what to do. You are the authority; you are the one who tells people what to do. Maybe you drive a minivan? Probably a family man, you have learned to value functionality over all else. You have to because you no longer care only about yourself. There are many people who trust you and rely on you and you don’t want to disappoint them. As you can see, a car can tell lot about you. But it’s just the psychological ramifications that impress me with the astonishing designs and the way automobiles are advancing.
It’s the fact that they are a form of art, speaking about social status and reflecting the main topics of the era. Automobiles are scientific inventions; art; and something way, way more. And even though some of the best collections of automobile history are privately accumulated by wealthy enthusiasts, who have appreciation for the motor transportation as much as I do (or maybe even more), but also have the means to afford them, there is a number of exciting museums that can make you take a look at your sedan and say, “And automobiles used to be so much more than transport…” with a sad expression on your face upon realizing how ordinary your ride is compared to these vehicular marvels. Here are some these museums.
Peterson Car Museums in California
California is famous for many things, but this is among the most interesting, I must say. The Peterson Automotive Museum is among the most fascinating and astounding collections of vehicular art you can ever see. You will notice all sorts of different models as if automobile history has just been laid before your eyes. From motorcycles to classic models, your eyes can feast on the sheer beauty of these man-made creations, reminding us what human ingenuity is all about. Some of the most impressive engineering feats are exhibited there. If you’re not that much of a car fan, then maybe it’s still worth the visit, if only for the famous vehicles from various movies and TV series you might like if you’re into this medium of entertainment. After all, the museum is in California. It would be ludicrous if it didn’t have at least a few Hollywood models.
Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany
American cars were famous for being huge and powerful, giving you a complete sense of freedom while you’re driving on the seemingly endless highway. The German vehicles, on the other hand, have always been famous for their engineering genius and the high quality of their parts. The Mercedes-Benz Museum contains most of the history of the German vehicular engineering. Laid on a huge property with architecture enabling for an enormous exhibition space, you can see all sorts of different vehicles from the past, as well as some experimental models. It is a true beauty if I’ve ever seen one.
There are of course many other vehicular museums, but those two are the most exciting I’ve visited.