Toyota Museum main building complete renewal

Toyota Museum complete renovation aims to present Japanese, US and European cars together

Toyota is renovating the main building’s permanent exhibit at its Toyota Museum in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, and it reopens January 4.

Toyota is renovating the exhibit floor-by-floor in preparation for the museums 30th anniversary in 2019. Its first floor was in January, when it exhibited items from the dawn of the automobile age at the end of the 19th century to the 1950s and presented it in 8 different zones on the main building’s 2nd floor. It is now renovating the next floor, where it is adding 19 cars to the 3rd floor exhibit including US and European cars. This exhibit space had previously only had Japanese cars.

The cars being added include a 1951 Volkswagen Type 1, 1955 Messerschmitt, 1959 BMW Isetta, 1960 Chrysler Valiant, 1960 Ford Falcon, 1962 Jaguar Mark 2, 1972 Fiat Nova 500L, 1961 Lotus Elite, and 1963 BMW 1500. The addition brings the total number of cars up to 67, which are displayed across 5 different zones. It also introduces the historical background of the time and the influence it had on the growth and development of cars in Japan, the US and Europe.

The renovations will create an exhibition that spans the dawn of the automobile age at the end of the 19th century to the modern era over both floors that can be taken in at one sweep.

From January 4 to June 25, next year, it will also hold the special “Backyard Storage Car Show” as an exhibit to commemorate the renovation on its 2nd floor. It will switch out models, showing 10 at a time, that couldn’t be included in the permanent exhibit. There will also be related events such as lectures, talks and guided tours by museum curators, and driving displays. There will also be events that communicate the culture of cars. The first will be an event based on the theme “Books” where visitors can gather and talk over coffee.

(Translated by Greg Scott)