Icon Overload: Visiting the BMW Museum
Are you a BMW aficionado; a dedicated patron of the blue and white propellor? It really doesn’t matter—if you have gasoline in your veins, you owe it to yourself to visit the BMW Museum, next time you’re in Munich.
We did, and this is what we found.
Getting to the BMW Museum is easy: take the U-bahn to the Olympiazentrum station, disembark, and look up. Just over 100m away—across the road from the BMW Welt, and in the shadow of BMW’s towering ‘Four Cylinder’ headquarters—you’ll find a round building.
Inside is a carefully curated selection of BMW automobiles, motorcycles and related paraphernalia. There are too many highlights to list them all, but expect to find everything from first generation classics to 80s weirdness.
We opted for the guided tour—and recommend that you do too. It’s not too long, and covers topics like BMW’s formation, the origins of the iconic Roundel and other noteworthy milestones over the marque’s one hundred year history (like the time they made pots just to stay in business).
Once that’s out the way, set aside a few hours for additional browsing. Don’t rush—the museum is a treasure trove that rewards inquisitive and focussed exploration.
There’s more than enough to satisfy lovers of both two and four wheels. You’ll discover oddities and rarities—like the 1955 BMW Isetta, 1972 E25 Turbo and the more modern, fabric-wrapped GINA concept. Look for the racing exhibitions, which even include two original BMW Dakar Rally bikes.
You’ll walk past a double story display case full of classic R-series motorcycles, a hanging visual depicting the history of BMW’s model insignia, and countless photographs and info sheets.
Want an extra nostalgia kick? Look for the little screen broadcasting the original R 90 S commercial from the 70s, or the Z1 with its camo upholstery. There’s plenty goodness to take in, and the second you leave you’ll want to go back.
Don’t take our word for it though. Hop a plane to Munich, head over there yourself and thank us later.