Our upcoming exhibition is GENESIS: BMW From the Beginning
This exhibition is presented by The Werk Shop, with additional sponsorship from Classic BMW of Plano, Texas, CocoMats, and Yokohama Tires. GENESIS represents the most comprehensive exhibit of early BMWs ever staged in North America, bringing 23 significant cars and motorcycles from BMW’s first 50 years. GENESIS 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. Informative kiosks and fascinating archival photos will guide visitors through five decades of BMW history. GENESIS will illuminate BMW’s technical innovations as well as its role in supplying the German military through two world wars, and its re-emergence as a peacetime mobility company in the aftermath of World War II.

GENESIS includes motorcycles from the 1927 R47 sport bike and the Depression-era 1931 R2 single to the sidecar-and-trailer-equipped 1944 R75 that provides a rare vantage point to BMW’s World War II-era production for the German military, as well as a 1949 R24, BMW’s earliest postwar vehicle.

The automobiles on display in GENESIS include one of BMW’s first all-new cars of its own design—a 1934 309—as well as stunning 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 pre-war machines are the only examples of their kind in the US. Together, they take visitors through BMW’s astoundingly rapid development as a carmaker in the 1930s, when its race-winning roadsters gained world renown, while cars from the 1950s highlight its resurrection with the Baroque Angel sedans, V8-powered 503, 507 and 3200 CS, and a succession of microcars.

Originally scheduled to open to the public on Friday, May 15, GENESIS: BMW From the Beginning will open instead via video preview on that date. The COVID-19 pandemic requires the Foundation to postpone the in-person opening celebration until the Museum can welcome visitors safely. We hope to open by early summer, on a date that will be announced as soon as feasible.

Location (with plenty of free parking) 190 Manatee Court, Greer, SC 29651

2020 MUSEUM ADMISSION FEES: We accept cash and credit cards.
Adults (13 and over) : $10
Age 12 and under: FREE
Reduced Admission: $5

  • BMW CCA Members (with ID)
  • BMW Performance Center Customers
  • BMW Employees (with ID)
  • Active Military (with CAC card)


  • Washington’s Birthday – February 17, 2020
  • Memorial Day – May 25, 2020
  • Independence Day – July 4, 2020
  • Labor Day – September 7, 2020
  • Columbus Day – October 12, 2020
  • Veterans Day – November 11, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Holiday – November 26-27, 2020
  • Christmas Holiday – December 24-26, 2020
  • New Years Holiday – December 31, 2020

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