The Tofaş Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages in Bursa is the first and only Anatolian Cars Museum of Turkey. For this purpose, an old silk factory with total 17,000 meter area, located at Umurbey was restored by Tofaş and opened to visits as a museum on June 28, 2002.
The most valuable source of the idea of Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages is based on the discovery of the sources of the oldest car industry and culture around Bursa. A car silently staying at the exact center of Bursa, at the Archeology Museum, which was made exactly 2,600 years ago…
This oldest example of Anadolu cars, made by a craftsman, pioneered the start of a new project.
Tofaş’s former Executive Director Jean Nahum, Master Architect A. Naim Arnas and M.S. University Architecture Department, Head of Division of Industrial Products, Prof. Önder Küçükerman pioneered for establishment of the Tofaş Bursa Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages in the territory of an old silk factory offered by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality in 1998. The buildings within the Umurbey Bilgi Park were properly designed and put into service.
At the museum which is the key building of the old silk factory, one can enter a time tunnel starting from a wheel belonging to the period of thousand of years ago to motor vehicles produced by Tofaş. Today, besides the revitalized state of the car made 2,600 years ago by Bursa craftsmen, wheels and traditional car studios, as well as motor and motorless vehicles are also displayed at the Tofaş Bursa Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages; while temporary expos are held at the Umurbey Hamamı transformed into the Tofaş Art Gallery as well.
At the garden located in the exit of the Museum, there are a giant plane tree of 300 years old, a black mulberry of 200 years old, and tens of trees, plants and flowers. The Fayton Café, which enables an enjoyable rest for visitors, hosts its guests with its rich menu.
The Tofaş Bursa Museum of Cars and Anatolian Carriages is not just an old car museum, but also has the characteristics of thanks from new craftsmen to the oldest craftsmen who laid the foundation of the car industry in Bursa.
The Museum is one of the attractive journey points of Bursa with its averagely 60,000 domestic and foreign visitors a year.