The iconic German automaker finally unveils a serious answer to Galleria Ferrari. The museum, part of the Porsche headquarters in Germany, will open its doors to the public starting Saturday.
While Ferrari fans have had a splashy museum in Maranello, Italy, to make pilgrimages to for years, Porsche fans have had to be satisfied with a small 20-car rotating exhibit near the company factory. Not anymore. The new Porsche Museum at Porsche's headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, is set to open Saturday.
On Wednesday, the press and VIPs got a sneak peek at the interior, which contains 5,600 square meters of exhibition space, as well as a restaurant, a rooftop terrace, a Porsche Archive library, conference facilities, a Porsche workshop where mechanics tinker with cars, and a museum shop that will at times offer collectors items.
Inside, visitors are first introduced to the basics. The foyer, with info on tickets, audio guides, and facility info, features a giant glass wall looking into the Porsche Museum workshop. As they wait to enter the main exhibit areas, visitors can watch Porsche mechanics tinkering with the cars that make up the exhibitions .
The museum plans to offer admission from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time Tuesdays through Sundays for 8 euros ($10.35) per adult and free for children under 14 with an adult.
As part of the "Prologue" exhibit, Porsche includes (from far left to near right) the VW Beetle (1950), the Type 360 Cisitalia (1947), and the Number 1 Roadster (1948). You can also see the Austro-Daimler Sascha (1922), far right.