Before coming to this museum I had seen and read much about it and expected that the collection and how it was displayed would be great. I had been a little put off by the 19 euro entry fee and 8 euro parking, but I reasoned that I just wouldn't get a better chance to do and so I did.
After parking the car I decided to avoid any possible wait when I wanted to leave and so immediately paid for my parking. NO CASH is accepted anywhere on site. Not great, but made worse by the fact that the credit card machine used to pay for parking had a diabolical way of working and instructions were only in Dutch. The was problem #1.
Problem #2 is that there is no elevator from the underground garage up into the museum. When I asked one of the staff why this was the case, she replied, "Because the architect wanted to make everyone go through the grounds and approach the building from the outside." This is muddleheaded thinking. Form follows function, and the functionality here, especially for older folks, is sadly lacking.
The museum architect did get it right on two other counts: first, inside there are elevators and second the museum is designed to be seen from the top down. This is well thought out and works very well.
Now, on to the collection. There were several standouts for me:
- The number, variety and rarity of many of the older vehicles is very very impressive. In many cases the vehicles are displayed "as-found" and unrestored. It makes a strong visual impact.
- Many of the stand-out vehicles are displayed with their own custom designed backdrops of scenes representative of the period. Again. this was great stuff.
- The collection is MUCH more than just cars. There are trucks, some planes, a few commercial vehicles, etc. But even better was the collection of automobile art. Posters, paintings, models statuary - it all just blew my mind. A visual feast.
And when all is said and done, you enter a town square which turns out to be a cafeteria with table service. Just a very good end to a magical experience.
Expensive? I think so. But entirely worth it. For any automobile fan, this museum is an absolute must.