Autoworld in Brussels
Decades of evolution in technology, comfort, safety and increasing concern with the environment are on display in Autoworld. From the earliest models of the distant past to contemporary cars that prefigure the automobile of tomorrow and beyond, the visitor is guided through the fabulous history of the motor car thanks to technical but easily comprehensible commentaries.
An impressive historic building in Brussels, linked with automotive history, is home to Autoworld, the Belgian National Automobile Museum. Situated in the ‘Parc du Cinquantenaire’, the neo-classical building commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Kingdom of Belgium in 1880.
From 1902 to 1936 it hosted motorcar and motorbike exhibitions. Since 1986 it has treasured the major part of Ghislain Mahy’s renowned classic car collection. Over 250 vehicles, ranging from cars and trucks to motorcycles, are on permanent display.
From the earliest models of the distant past to contemporary cars that prefigure the automobile of tomorrow, visitors are guided through the motorcar’s history dating as far back as 1896.
Various cars representing the most exciting years of the automobile history since 1960 can be approached and admired from close by, thanks to a brilliantly designed scenography. Special sections focus on sports and competition, cars owned by the Belgian Royal Family, micro and bubble cars, and car design. The Belgium at Autoworld section is dedicated to the roots and history of the Belgian car industry, including such prestigious marques as Minerva, FN and Impéria.
Autoworld is a museum on the move, with temporary exhibitions taking on various automotive themes organised throughout the year.
Every two years Autoworld organises a major exhibition. Past themes have ranged from Bugatti 100 Years, Belgian Racing Legends, Ferdinand Porsche, Italian Car Passion and more recently American Dream Cars.