In a hall in an industrial area on the outskirts of Simrishamn, the Autoseum presents a collection of more than 200 mainly classic vehicles on an area of 2,500 square metres. The Autoseum is one of the leading museums of its kind in Europe, both in terms of the number of vehicles and the number of rare exhibits.
The exhibits of the Autoseum
The Autoseum's collection consists of about 170 cars and 60 motorcycles from 1898 to the recent past. Especially among the early vehicles of the 20th century, there are some rare examples such as a De Dion-Bouton from 1905, a Motobloc and an International Auto Buggy from 1909, a Milburn Electric from 1915, a Chrysler Locomobile from 1920 or a Rosengart Super Traction from 1939.
Among the younger cars there are numerous models that have been of great importance in Europe and the USA in the last decades, such as Borgward Isabella, Citroen DS, Karmann Ghia, DKW-Sport Coupe, NSU-Wankel Spider, Triumpf TR3, Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, Jaguar E, Lotus Cortina, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Thunderbird, Ferrari Spider, Porsche 356 T, to name only a few of the most famous names.
The large main exhibition is joined by several small permanent exhibitions on special automotive topics. These include a showroom of the sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg, where the company's first prototype is on display, and an exhibition about the Swedish racing icon Stefan "Lill-Lövis" Johansson with cars, racing overalls, trophies and lots of photographic material.
An additional exhibition with competition cars from different eras and plenty of photographs offers an exciting insight into the history of motor sports in Sweden from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. There is also a museum for model aircraft, the only one of its kind in Sweden.
Other museums in the Autoseum
Frasses & Mariannes Musikmuseum is a museum within the Autoseum that has nothing to do with cars. The music museum consists of an unique and internationally renowned collection of historical gramophones, music automatons, barrel organs and music boxes, which were collected by its founder John Fransson (Frasse) and his partner Marianne Nilsson throughout their lives. Since the couple's death the collection has been administered by a foundation and has found a new home in the halls of the Autoseum.
Another museum integrated into the Autoseum is the L.A. TOYs toy museum. The museum consists of an extensive collection of historical toys, which was built up over many years by the teacher Lennart Bergström from Halmstad. After Lennart's death in 2013, his family decided to hand over the collection to the Autoseum to preserve it and make it accessible to the general public.
The museum shop of the Autoseum is the former toy shop Alfs Leksaker from Tomelilla. The well-assorted shop offers a wide range of model cars, including rare or limited collector's editions, technical toys, model kits, posters and old catalogues. The shop is located in the entrance area of the Autoseum and can be reached independently of a visit to the museum.
Whoever feels hungry after having seen so many automobile delicacies is in good hands at the Autoseums Kafé. The café, furnished in the style of the 1970s, offers various home-made cakes, coffee, tea and soft drinks. The café is only open during the Autoseum's opening hours, but is then also accessible independently of a visit to the museum.
All the exhibitions and collections are under one roof and you can visit them with the one-time entrance fee to the Autoseum. Furthermore, the Autoseum is one of the few museums where dogs are also welcome.
Autoseum: Opening hours & admission
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Friday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Last update: 07/2020 | Errors and omissions excepted.