Closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, the BMW Car Club of America Foundation Museum in Greer is opening to the public this month with its latest exhibition, “GENESIS: BMW From the Beginning,” presented by The Werk Shop.
“GENESIS” represents the most comprehensive exhibit of early BMWs ever staged in North America, with 24 significant cars and motorcycles from the German carmaker’s first 50 years, according to the BMW CCA Foundation.
The exhibit “tells the story of BMW’s origins as a maker of airplane engines during World War I through its expansion into motorcycle and automobile production in the 1920s,” the museum’s webpage states.
The exhibit also includes motorcycles ranging from the 1927 R47 sport bike and Depression-era 1931 R2 single to the sidecar-and-trailer-equipped 1944 R75 and the 1949 R24, BMW’s earliest postwar vehicle.
Automobiles on display include one of BMW’s first all-new cars of its own design, the 1934 309; 1930s sports cars like the 315/1 and 328 roadsters; and the luxurious 335 with its powerful 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine.
Several of these prewar machines are the only examples of their kind in the U.S., according to the BMW CCA Foundation.
In addition to the vehicles, informative kiosks and archival photos guide visitors through five decades of BMW history.
The museum is located at 190 Manatee Court in Greer. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Virtual tours are also available at bmwccafoundation.org/genesis-virtual-tour.
Occupancy in the museum is limited to 40 visitors at any given time. All guests are required to wear a mask while inside the building and are asked to maintain social distancing.
Admission is $12 for adults 18 and older and $6 for children ages 6-17. Children 5 and under get in free.