The aim of the Museum is to give a comprehensive overview of what the automobile industry has produced since 1887.
Over 80 years ago the Louwman family recognised the importance of the motor car and decided to keep the highlights of motoring history so far for future generations. The Louwman Museum in fact dates back to 1934. Since then the Museum has regularly added vehicles. Today there are over 275 historic and classic motor cars in the museum. The Louwman Museum was opened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix on 2 July 2010.
The building was designed by renowned American architect Michael Graves. The museum building is essentially oblong-shaped and the design is reminiscent of the demolished Reigersbergen country estate that used to stand in this spot. It is located adjacent to the N44 road. The total floorspace is about 16,000 square metres.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague is the place where more than 130 years of progress, innovation and design are highlighted by the unique collection of more than 275 splendid examples from the history of the automobile. The museum has the largest collection of cars in the world from 1910 or older.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. There are also special cars, such as the Aston Martin from Goldfinger and Elvis Presley's Cadillac.
In 2009, the museum acquired the 1913 Black Bess, a Bugatti Type 18, owned first by World War I flying ace Roland Garros (1888-1918) and then by British racing driver Ivy Cummings (1900-1971) who gave the car its name.
The current owner of the collection is Evert Louwman, the Dutch importer of Lexus, Toyota, and Suzuki.
During a guided tour, the museum organise guided tour, they will tell you all about the collection, from James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 to the earliest Toyota.. In fluent Dutch, English or German. For individuals or groups.
Leidsestraatweg 57 2594BB Den Haag
The Louwman Museum has an underground car park. The total capacity is 170 cars. Motor vehicles over 40 years old may be parked free of charge on the square at the front of the museum. Drive down the footpath in front of the museum to get there.
Edited by Olivia