Culture without travel time: Music Days in Horb, Rottenburg and Herrenberg!
The Art Hall in Tübingen, Porsche and Daimler with their museums in Stuttgart.
And concerts with classic, jazz, and literature four times a year in Castle Weitenburg.
The Museum opened in 1976 for the public. It was located in a former hall in the area of the factory, where engines had been manufactured, and spread over 620 square meters. Between 70.000 and 80.000 visitors came per year and admired the 20 exhibition pieces, which were constantly exchanged. Admittance was free. However, the factory museum had a much larger number of exhibition vehicles. But the race cars, prototypes and mass production vehicles, which were exhibited here, only permitted a small look into the history of the manufacturer, and it´s for that reason that the exhibition was enhanced by films, showing the development of the automobile by Porsche.
A shop, belonging to the museum, was opened. Porsche followed the concept of the “rolling museum”, which means on one hand that the exhibition pieces were constantly exchanged, and on the other hand that the vehicles, which were shown, could often still be driven, and some of them were even still registered. Depending on the variety of the exhibition, the visitor was able to see Porsche models from 1948, victory vehicles and brand name world champion vehicles, used at the Nürburgring, in Le Mans, or at the Targa Florio, as well as the victory cars of the Rally Monte Carlo, where Porsche cars had been successful on various occasions.
The Mercedes-Benz-Museum was locted on the factory area of the Daimler Factory Untertürkheim until the 18th of March 2006, and in May of 2006 it reopened in the “Mercedes Benz World”. The Museum spreads over 3.500 meters of the floor space and has approximately 17.000 meters exhibition space, spread over nine floors. The building is 47,5 meters high and has space of 210.000 meters. An open-air area for 500 visitors I next to the entrance.
This area has outside edges 80 meters long, which define the inconstant outline. The inner court yard is formed congruently with the outer form of the building by a Roman vestibule. Two leaning levels wind around the Roman vestibule in a trefoil from top to bottom. Two walkways begin on top and wind down to the exit over nine levels altogether. From the draft to the realization, the basis of the planning formed a three dimensional model of data, which was revised 50 times in the course of the construction period and generated 35.000 production plans altogether. 33 meter wide rooms without supporting elements, which are able to uphold the weight of ten trucks, belong as much to the architectural specialties as the supporting elements, so called twists, which are bent twice and used in this form and size for the first time.
The windows consist of 1.800 window panes, of which none is like another. The HG Merz Office in Stuttgart developed the concept for the project of the museum.
The visitors of the museum experience a trip through the automobile history, which is 120 years old. An elevator takes the visitors to the top level of the museum. From there two different walkways with wide curves take them to the extensive collection. The mythological tour chronologically follows the history of the brand, from the invention of the automobile until today. on the second tour five halls with collections show highlights overlapping all time periods. The visitors can skip from one time period to the others at any time. For the first time the museum also presents the history of the utility vehicles of the manufacturer.
Both walkways end in the sharp curve of the room “Silberpfeile- Rennen und Rekorde” (Silver Arrows, Races and Records). From there the walkway leads through the “Faszination Technik” (Facination Technique) on to the new Mercedes-Benz-Factory.