The Glion group operates the museum, but its core business is the official car dealer for thirteen automakers including BMW. The company started as a car repair shop and now manages the museum.
Over 100 Years Of History
The Red Brick Warehouse was built in 1923 as a port facility and later converted to a classic car museum. The complex consists of four buildings for museum, two for showroom, one for cafe and another for a steak house. Two of the buildings no longer have roofs, so they are used as parking area, complete with Tesla charging ports.
The Glion Car Museum is the largest collection of cars in the Kansai region. It houses over 250 cars and motorbikes from Japan and other countries. The museum section is divided into four buildings with one entirely for Japanese vehicles.
Among the exhibits in the museum include the 1926 Model-T Ford, 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II and 1928 Studebaker. In the Japanese vehicles section, see the 1973 Nissan Skyline, 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport and motorbikes that graced the world’s roads.
Browse At Your Own Pace
There are no guides and very few staff in the museum. You are free to browse at your own pace. The musem includes a showroom for anyone that wants to purchase cars. You can even hop in the new cars in the showroom to try the seats or have a closer look with no pressure to buy.
Take as many photos are you wish at the museum and showroom. The bare brick walls and high ceiling gives the place a classic effect. The cars are displayed by themes, allowing visitors to learn about their history. The cars have been carefully maintained and still operational.
The museum offers possibility for events. Car enthusiasts will love the classic cars and the warehouse atmosphere as a perfect backdrop for weddings or even a product launch.
Restaurant and Cafe On Site
One of the former warehouse buildings is a stylish steakhouse that sits eighty people. The walls are covered with black-and-white pictures of cars from the golden age. Meals at the restaurant are served by waiters in bow ties and white gloves.
The spacious Cafe 1923 occupies another building. The space can hold up to two hundred guests, while the showroom doubles up as a stunning walk-through space for receptions.
The museum is also able to host outdoors events. The broad road in the middle between the warehouses are decorated with classic cars. The space is ideal for music events or evening cocktail receptions.
Glion Car Museum is a car fanatic’s haven! I enjoyed so much being able to see classic car with my own eyes rather than on photos or videos. The cars are well maintained. There was no crowd during my visit in the late evening, so I could take my time exploring. Overall, an educational and enjoyable experience.
Glion Car Museum Entrance Fees
Entrance fees is ¥1,000 per adult and ¥500 per child (5-10 years). Osaka Amazing Pass holders can enter the museum for free.
|Weekday||11am to 8pm. Last admission 7.30pm|
|Weekend & Holidays||10am to 8pm. Last admission 7.30pm|
Take the Osaka Metro Chuo line and stop at Osakako station. Use exits 4 or 6 at the station. It’s a five-minute walk from the station and you will find a row of red brick warehouses, now home to the Glion Car Museum.
Save the location in your Google Map just in case you get lost.