Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Cité de l'Automobil

Birth of the collection: Hans and Fritz Schlumpf were born in Italy. In 1940, at the age of 34, Fritz was the chairman of a spinning mill in Malmerspach. In 1935 the Schlumpf brothers founded a limited liability company for the wool industry, and their fortunes grew. Fritz collected cars and, from 1964 on, housed them in his Mulhouse spinning mill… the future museum.

A strike becomes the "Schlumpf's affair": In 1976 the Schlumpf brothers sold their factories. In October of that year the Malmerspach plant had to lay off employees, and a strike broke out. The Schlumpfs fled to Switzerland.

The car collection was classified a French historic monument in 1978 by the Council of State. It was later sold in 1981 to the National Automobile Museum Association.

Museum's opening: After many ups and downs, the museum opened to the public in 1982 under the aegis of its association. In 1999 this association asked Culturespaces to modernise the museum and its operations.

Year 2000 renovation: To bring the National Automobile Museum of Mulhouse into the 21st century, Culturespaces renovated the museum.

The collection: The collection is displayed in three main sections:
- The Motorcar Experience,
- Motor Racing,
- Motorcar Masterpieces.


Jean Schneck

Lycée Jean d’Arc

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