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Louwman Museum, Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands


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There are 275 cars, motorcycles, and carriages in this well-done museum in Den Haag.  While the collection is heavily European, there are a number of American cars, including a Duesenberg J and an SJ, a couple of Studebakers, and some Hudsons.  But, the Mercedes, Alfas, Bugattis, etc. are what this place is all about.  It's about 35 miles south of Amsterdam if you are driving, about 1.5 hours on an intercity train.  There is even a nice lunch room in the museum.

 

https://www.louwmanmuseum.nl/en/

 

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1912 Panhard & Levassor skiff with mahogany body.

 

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1934 Bugatti Type 57 roadster, aluminum body by Gangloff, raced by Robert Benoist.

 

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1935 Mercedes 500K.

 

 

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It’s a very nice museum, and I have worked with some of their cars over the years. They usually have very nice stuff. A few Pierce Arrows at one time, nor I think they only have one early example. Also a great fire truck that was local to me for many years.

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Ed, there were (at least) two P-A's at the Museum when we were there in 2017.  We're hoping to go back in late 2021 or early 2022, as my daughter and her family are living just over a mile from the Museum.  

 

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1937 Pierce-Arrow trailer.

 

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1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38.  But, no headlights in the fenders.

 

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2 hours ago, Gary_Ash said:

Ed, there were (at least) two P-A's at the Museum when we were there in 2017.  We're hoping to go back in late 2021 or early 2022, as my daughter and her family are living just over a mile from the Museum.  

 

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1937 Pierce-Arrow trailer.

 

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1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 38.  But, no headlights in the fenders.

 

Much earlier than 1917 (Series 4), which would have a cast aluminum curved cowl and much more modern fenders.  But it could be an earlier body transferred to a 38-B-4 chassis, or a custom of some kind.  And the curve of the top hood panels and radiator shoulders are not traditional Pierce.

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We were there in 2018 while traveling.  Their collection was overwhelming and what I remember most are the Art Deco posters and the Swan Cars. The 'Mother Swan' was  totally restored by the Louwman Museum in the 1990's. Both of these electric cars were stunning as well as seeing the original Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.

There is another post on the forum that has photos I uploaded the year we went. I'm sure I have hundreds of photos on file.

 

When we were there, the area behind the entrance (near the recreated city block) was hosting a local car club dinner. I told them I certainly "belonged to the wrong car club".

We had to be out of the museum early because of the dinner so we couldn't spend as much time as I would have liked.

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We are definitely going back as soon as the world opens up.

 

 

Bill

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The confusion about the 1917 Pierce-Arrow is understandable:  the body was built by Studebaker for Pierce.  Fortunately, I took a photo of the placard next to the car.

 

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One of our local club members visited there just before the world shut-down.  We've been anxiously waiting for him to do a program for our club but the monthly meetings have been on hold since then - soon to change though.  Anxious to see a few of his hundreds of photos.

Terry

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We finally got our look at this fabulous place, thanks to Mike Haag of the Tidewater Region AACA. He provided a fascinating look through pictures from his visit. This was a great beginning to our return to normal with a well attended dinner at the Chesapeake Conference Center.  Mike delivered a really interesting commentary. The museum is not only filled with great cars, but  also a wonderful collection of automobilia. It does a remarkable job presenting the history of the automobile. I know it's a long way from here but it's on our bucket list

 

Terry

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