Málaga Automobile and Fashion Museum
Automobile Museum in Málaga, Spain where the car is a work of art, along with the Fashion Museum is one of the major attractions in Malaga.
I have seen several car museums in the past including one in Hyderabad in our own country but this car museum in Málaga takes the cake.
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Take an open-top bus tour of Picasso’s birthplace, Malaga. You can board and depart at any stop while taking in the multilingual audio commentary. Depending on the ticket you choose, you can enter a variety of museums and attractions.
Automobile Museum in Malaga
The old Tobacco factory La Tabacalera, stopped producing Cigar and Cigarettes in early 90’s and remained unused. It was Malaga´s one of most architecturally stunning buildings. After a few years it was converted into this Automobile museum costing 9 million euros and was opened in the year 2010.
Spread over 6,000 square meters and 13 thematic rooms, the museum houses the private collection of Portuguese car fanatic João Magalhães. He took up the hobby of looking for vintage cars with his dad at farm houses in Portugal. With 96 exclusive cars, this collection now is one of the most important vintage car collections in the world. Believe me, it provides a visual feast for all ages.
This Malaga car museum is so popular that it is placed in the Top Ten of Museums of Spain, and also sitting at ‘number 1 attraction in Malaga’ on Malaga Tripadvisor ranking for “Things to do in Malaga”.
Malaga Automobile Museum
The vehicles are restored to top level, and one can see a wide variety and fine examples of brands such as Mercedes, Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Auburn, Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls-Royce or Ferrari. These cars display extensive work of upholstery in ostrich and mink fur, precious woods, Lalique mascot, mother-of-pearl dashboard, ivory, Swarovski, silver handles and what not! Also, customized engines. You can admire a host of collectibles from a bygone age.
Variety of cars in Automobile Museum in Malaga
The first car in the exhibition is so old (year 1898) that it not only looks like a horse-drawn carriage but it actually is !! It needed horses to pull it. Talk of horse-power!
The museum is divided into 10 sections, dedicated to various eras and themes.
Few of them are mentioned below.
Swarovski car: A black Rolls Royce called Swarovski flaunts itself because it is decorated with Swarovski crystals while another, the Flower Power, coyly boasts of its painted design reflecting the psychedelic art of that time.
A car with flames painted along the sides and super-powerful sound systems sits in a corner waiting for our attention. I especially enjoyed seeing these cars.
There is a picnic car with its seats, carriers made with cane. It also has a picnic basket containing cutlery giving you a complete feel of real picnic !
The Egg or El huevo: There is an ‘Egg’ car which doesn’t need any introduction. This is egg shaped German car model Fuldamobil. The interesting fact about this car is that it was manufactured in the era when nobody spoke about crossing cultures and the television was still beginning to reach homes.
And there is a small lightweight car too which has non-metal body. Boat car, space jet car, a car for long drives in which you can make a bed to sleep are a few more examples.
Crash or Caos car: An old car crashed with glass scraps on the floor at Automobile and Fashion Museum Malaga, Spain. This impressive crashed car reminds us of the tragedy that everyday enter in our lives. How many of us have not ever been involved in an accident or seen it?
The Golden skull or La calavera de oro: One of the great classics of Tuning is this model, a Ford A. Inspired by the work of Mike Lavalle, the designer is Paulo Rosa. The golden skull was created with tiny Swarovski crystals by Susana Martins.
Star wars: Prototype powered by compressed air and inspired by the movie ‘Star Wars’. It uses air pressure to provide traction to the rear wheel, making it move.
Fridge Car: Then there is a car which was exchanged for a fridge!! It so happened that the owner traced down this car to an old lady in a village. Obviously the car was not any use to her. She was poor and badly needed a fridge, so she asked for a fridge in exchange of this car. 🙂
There are many car engines customized, designed & painted in bold colors.
Málaga Automobile and Fashion Museum (Museo Automovilístico y de la Moda de Málaga)
But this Automobile museum in Malaga is more than just cars and engines. This museum is a space that combines the elegance of luxury cars with the haute couture of the 20th century. It is also about fashionable hats. A unique collection in the world, that combines a magnificent collection of unique cars with the evolution of haute couture throughout history. If you are a female, I am sure you’ll drool over a collection of around 300 Haute Couture pieces of vintage hats and suitcases, of the years 20 y 50, with brands like Chanel or Dior etc.
Located in the emblematic building, it has collections from Balenciaga to Schiaparelli it features headpieces dating from hat heyday, from all the great fashion houses. Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, Balmain … there’s even a replica of Dali’s shoe hat! These are well complemented by period travel-related vintage hats, and old-fashioned leather suitcases and huge antique trunks depicting Málaga fashion over the period. There are also period costumes and various other items on display.
Of course you will see how the clothing trends of great movie stars have changed in the 20th century.
A perfect amalgamation of glamour and elegance.
A Maga Sublime Collection at Automobile and Fashion Museum displays the evolution of Haute Couture in the 20th Century through 7 exhibitions, namely “From Mariano Fortuny to Galliano”, “Trilogy”, “The Cocktail of the Forest”, “From Balenciaga to Schiaparelli”, “Fashion Victim”, “Apotheosis” and “Too Much is never enough”.
What else to expect at Automobile Museum in Málaga
- There are thirteen themed rooms in the automobile museum in Málaga that you can visit. They are named as Belle Epoque, golden years 20, Popular Cars, art deco years 30, The Fashion Corner, Design Cars, Dream Cars, English tradition, Alternative energies, Engine Gallery, La Dolce Vita years 50, Tuning y The Sublime Collection.
- The cars are not only works of art to marvel at, but also to use which makes this museum different than other art museums. For example, every Sunday one of the sassy cars is taken out ‘for a spin’, where the sound of a classic engine grumbles throughout the museum.
- On Saturdays a guided tour enlightens visitors on the use of alternative energy sources in car engineering. Be it steam, electronic, solar or a prototype hydrogen car, it’s a great way to learn about them.
For any car rentals in Malaga town, refer to this site.
Useful information and tips about Automobile and Fashion Museum in Málaga
Establishment services available
- Audio guides
- Explanatory leaflets
Parking and transport
- Automobile and Fashion Museum in Málaga has own free parking
- It can be reached by public transport
- MasterCard accepted
- Maestro accepted
- Visa accepted
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Characteristics and facilities at the Automobile Museum in Malaga
- Show Venue
- Adapted for people with disabilities
- Pram or stroller available for infants and toddlers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Face masks required for travelers & guides in public areas
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- Members of the Convention Bureau
- Member of Costa del Sol Tourist Board
- Recommended for families
- Located in an urban area
- Coastal area
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.
On December 24th and 31st open from 10 to 3 pm.
CLOSED: Every Monday, 25th December, 1st January- closed.
The ticket office is open until half an hour before the closing time.
Automobile and Fashion Museum Tickets in Malaga or Entradas Museo del Automovil y de la moda en Málaga
With the automobile museum tickets in Malaga you will be able to see almost a hundred restored vehicles that demonstrate the progress over the years, from steam cars to 1910 to compressed air prototypes of 2011. You can also see legendary Jaguar models, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce o Ferrari.
Entrance Fees at the Car Museum Malaga
Skip the line ticket: 12.00 Euros.
General ticket: 10.00 Euros
Senior citizens: 8.00 Euros
Discounted ticket: 6.00 Euros (children ages 6 – 16 years, professors, etc)
Student ticket: 4.50 Euros.
Groups: 6 Euros (minimum 15 persons)
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change from time to time.
Special prices for groups, guided tours and schools available by appointment only on: [email protected]
Where to stay in Malaga, Spain
There are many good luxury and budget hotels to suit your pockets.
Places to visit near Automobile Museum in Malaga
Malaga is a city in which museums are fashionable. Here are some other places to see and combine with the automobile and fashion museum:
Picasso Museum Malaga
Alcazaba of Malaga
Roman Theater Malaga
Carmen Thyssen Museum
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
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