The history of BMW

The kidneys. That is what the iconic front grille of BMW's is called. If you are on the autobahn and you see these kidneys get bigger and bigger through your rearview mirror, you know you need to get out of the way. Currently, they are more box shaped but originally the grill was much more elliptical and vertically formed, as was the case with the general shape of cars' grilles at the beginning of the last century. There are a lot of 'kidneys' on display at the BMW museum. If you visit Munich and you have a chance to go, it comes highly recommended. Before we get to the cars attached to the kidneys, we need to pay homage to where it all began. Starting out as a motorcycle company, some of the oldest pieces on display do indeed only have two wheels. 

A special concept bike from the 1920s

A special concept bike from the 1920s

As interesting as the motorcycles were, I came here for the cars. The museum itself is housed in a building that looks very mysterious from the outside. Soft reflecting grey panels covering a cylindrical building. On this very sunny day, it provided for a nice contrast in colors.

The outside of the BMW museum

The outside of the BMW museum

Inside, you are led up a cylindrical walkway with information about the birth of the company and how things have changed throughout the years. I went through that pretty quickly.

On the way down to the cars

On the way down to the cars

For the cars, pictures speak louder than words so I will let my camera do the talking for me....

3.0 CSL side panel

3.0 CSL side panel

3.0 CSL from the back - one of the most desirable cars in my book

3.0 CSL from the back - one of the most desirable cars in my book

The evolution of the 3-series

The evolution of the 3-series

They don't paint them like this anymore.

They don't paint them like this anymore.

The view from another era.

The view from another era.

One of the quirkiest cars BMW ever made - the Isetta.

Old & New.

Old & New.

Another concept study. This car was covered in some kind of canvas. Sounds weird, but it is quite the looker.

Another concept study. This car was covered in some kind of canvas. Sounds weird, but it is quite the looker.

It all ends with the most beautiful BMW ever made - the 507 series II

It all ends with the most beautiful BMW ever made - the 507 series II

The museum is part of a bigger complex, including BMW Welt where you can see all the current models. This is also the place where you can collect your brand new BMW. One of BMW's factories is right next door and you can also do a factory tour if you want. All in all, it was a nice experience and that 3.0 CSL seems to be stuck in my mind...

The BMW office, as seen from BMW Welt, with the museum in front.

The BMW office, as seen from BMW Welt, with the museum in front.