World's largest vehicle museum at Mulhouse, France
French National Automobile Museum covering 25,000 m2 is the largest of its kind in the world. Located in Mulhouse, France is visited by more than 2 million guests annually. Museum contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of Bugatti motor vehicles in the world. The collection of around 400 automobiles is displayed indoors and 150 outdoors.
The collection was gathered together over many years by Hans and Fritz Schrumpf. Fritz loved cars, driven by an abiding love for beautiful automotive engineering. Having wanted a Bugatti since childhood, he bought a Bugatti Type 35B just before the Nazi Invasion of France. From the early 1950's to 1976 they bought dozens of cars every year. Brothers kept everything in secret and only a few lucky ones were able to take a glimpse of their most favored automobiles.
Schumpf Brothers ran off to native Switzerland and spent the rest of their lives living in Basel. Afterwards the workers' union opened the museum.
At the museum, it is possible to tour with a free audio guide in your preferred language. Tour thus contains such interactive possibilities as viewing of historic films, taking the steering wheel at racing simulator and taking a look at industrial robots. For younger visitors, there is a special children's corner with a possibility to draw one's dream car, go-cart track or a fully equipped car factory to play the role of mechanic.
Updated March 2, 2019