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Axle, Wheel and Carriage

5,500 years of cultural and technical history of the towed car

The Axle, Wheel and Carriage Museum

BPW has run a factory museum at its headquarters in Wiehl since 1952. Besides the corporate history, the museum illustrates some 5,500 years of the cultural and technological history of the carriage on over 1,000 qm of exhibition space.

BPW axle, wheel and carriage museum exhibition

A tour through the history of the carriage allows visitors to experience a great variety of exhibits:

  • Archaeological evidence of vehicle construction dating back up to 5,500 years
  • 2,000 - 4,000-year-old ceramic and bronze models of covered wagons, chariots and ritual wagons
  • Collection of antique and modern coins and medals depicting carriages
  • Prints covering the history of carriage and coach building from the 16th to the 20th century
  • Children's coaches, model carriages, coaches and agricultural wagons
  • Photographs by the highly respected industrial photographer Ruth Hallensleben
  • Development of BPW axles through the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Interactive stations and hands-on models to impart knowledge in a playfull manner

Opening hours

  • Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Daily free group tours by appointment
  • The museum is closed on bank holidays
  • Entry is free
  • There are demonstrations of the blacksmith's craft on the first Sunday of every month


The Axle, Wheel and Carriage Museum

BPW Bergische Achsen Kommanditgesellschaft
51674 Wiehl

Phone:+49 (0) 2262/78-1280

Fax:+49 (0) 2262/78-6579



Alexander Hoppen

Phone:+49 (0) 2262/78-1961


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