First thing to consider when visiting Brussels museums is the Brussels Card. It will most likely save you time and money.
The Autoworld Brussels website calls the tour of this massive warehouse of over 400 vehicles a “time travel” experience. Built inside one of the ‘palaces’ that make up the Parc du Cinquantenaire archway, Autoworld is a wonderland for automobile enthusiasts who could walk around admiring the rolling works of art for hours.
The cars are notably all European or U.S in origin so you won’t find any Honda or Toyota models here! What you will find are cars by Packard, Olds Mobile and even Bugatti from 1928.
The first automobiles you see inside date back to 1886 when the humble horse-drawn carriage gained an engine and a steering wheel, and discarded the horses. The first exhibit on the main floor is divided into two. Start your tour by walking up the centre aisle and look to your left side, walk around in an anti-clockwise circle. When you have completed the full circle walk up the centre aisle again and work your way clockwise on the right side of the floor. This is a chronological tour of cars from different makes.
At the very rare of the first floor on the right corner is a small room that you may miss but is worth a look. Inside, away from roaring engines and gas guzzlers are horse carriages, including the one used in 1853 for Napoleon the Third’s wedding.
The mezzanine floor has an evolutionary timeline of cars from the late 1800s to the 2000s and a blank spot for “the future”. This brief tour will highlight the makes and models most popular in Europe in each decade. A great chance to admire the first models of Ferrari and Jaguars which look nothing like they do today!
On the right as you exit is a shop where you can buy some souvenir keychains and postcards but most importantly thousands of miniature model cars for every make you can imagine. Great for young children.
Open everyday of the year. In summer months from 10am – 6pm, in winter months from 10am to 5pm.
Adults…€7; students and seniors…€4.70; children (6-13 years)…€3
Group discounts are available.
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
Metro stop: Merode or Schuman