Over 80 years ago the Louwman family recognized the importance of the motor car and decided to preserve highlights of motoring history for future generations. One car they astutely invested in was a 1956 Citroën DS 19 — identical to the model introduced in Paris in 1955. Today you can see it, along with 274 other historic and classic motor cars, in their museum in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Louwman collection in fact dates back to 1934. It opened as a museum in 1969 in Leidschendam and relocated to Raamsdonksveer in 1981 before a new complex housing the Louwman Museum and encompassing a full conference center, restaurant and presentation theatre was opened by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix on July 2, 2010.

The museum claims to have compiled a well-balanced collection of motor vehicles with a view to presenting a clear and fascinating overview of the history of the motor car, although if that is to be true they should have a few Citroëns — at the very least a Traction Avant! The only other Citroën they have is a 2CV Sahara.

Nevertheless, the automobiles on display are impressive and it is the world’s oldest private collection of historic cars. If you would like to arrange a visit, (you must pre-purchase a ticket), contact them here:

Louwman Museum
Leidsestraatweg 57
The Hague
Netherlands, 2594 BB

Tel: +31 (0)70 – 304 73 73
email: info@louwmanmuseum.nl

If you’re not up for traveling, take an armchair tour by registering through their website and download their free eBook illustrating the highlights of the history of the automobile.

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