With the motto ‘People, power, cars’, Automuseum PROTOTYP has been exhibiting rare sports and racing cars of the early post-war and modern eras in HafenCity Hamburg since 2008. Exciting stories about racers and designers who have made motor-sport what it is are displayed in the permanent exhibition with incredible attention to detail. Through anecdotes and background information, text panels enrich the exhibition items, ranging from everyday objects to awards and memorabilia.
And of course what would an automobile museum be without plenty of cars? PROTOYP’s permanent exhibition features approximately 50 valuable vehicles. While touching is strictly off limits, the museum provides the perfect setting for stunning photos of these classic beauties.
Comprehensive exhibition concept
Given this automobile museum’s name, it’s no wonder that it views itself as a kind of prototype. The exhibition concept strives to impart a passion for shapely and powerful automobiles upon its visitors. To meet this goal, the permanent exhibition, which is mostly based on the private collection of the founders Thomas König and Oliver Schmidt, includes:
• dozens of classic cars, including the legendary Berlin-Rom Porsche Type 64
• an audio exhibit with samples of 20 individual booming engine sounds
• a museum cinema with short films about famous drivers, races and brands
• an interactive library including a children's quiz
• a Porsche 356 driving simulator to test your skills as a racer
• changing special exhibitions with a variety of main topics
• a gallery with photos from the pioneering days of motorsport or current reference.
The adjoining museum café ‘Erlkönig’ and the museum shop provide a pleasant atmosphere for a relaxed ‘pit stop’ for visitors of all ages, while the heritage-protected and carefully modernized building also offers five attractive event spaces for closed events and photo shootings.
Visit Hamburg Tourism for more information on tickets and special exhibits.
Shanghaiallee 7, 20457 Hamburg
Opening hours: Tue - Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed: 23-25 & 31 December and 1 January