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Pay a visit to Mazda's museum on-line

You can go inside the Mazda Museum via your computer and Google Maps Street View

Published: March 16, 2013, 2:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:22 PM

Mazda Museum

Mazda's corporate museum, which opened in 1994, is located near the company’s global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan.

It is open to visitors on weekdays, with guided group tours in Japanese and individual guided tours in Japanese and English.

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But if you can't make it to Hiroshima, you can still get a look inside via your computer and Google Maps Street View.

While Mazda is a relatively young brand in North America, just arriving on these shores in the 1960s, the company dates back 93 years in Japan. So there's lots of Mazda history to see inside – including information about the brand's overall victory at Le Mans.

Since completion of a renovation project to increase exhibition space in 2005, the museum features six separat exhibition areas, each devoted to a specific theme, as well as a gift shop with Mazda memorabilia.

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Offering a virtual tour of the main exhibition areas is a new and unconventional way for visitors to experience the Mazda spirit as well as learning about its technological breakthroughs and heritage, the company says.

You can access the virtual Mazda Museum from Mazda’s global website.

At the Museum Guide, by clicking on the appropriate Google Street View link, visitors can choose any five museum areas to tour – the Entrance Hall, the History and Future areas as well as the Technology and Rotary Engine exhibits.

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Visitors are treated to a near-reality experience, during which they can turn in any direction and even approach the multi-lingual text-displays close enough to read them.

The History exhibit lets visitors explore some of Mazda’s most legendary cars such as the Mazda Cosmo Sport (110S) from the 1960s, RX-7s from the 1970s and 80s, and the original Mazda MX-5 roadster, which has since become one of the most popular two-seat sports cars in history.

At the Technology exhibit, Mazda displays its new ‘SkyActiv approach to fuel-saving technologies, now being built in to all the company's new models, beginning with the 2013 CX-5 and 2014 Mazda6.

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If you are so intrigued by the virtual tour that you just have to visit the museum in person, or just happen to be traveling to Hiroshima, you can make reservations up to one year in advance via email at mazdamuseum@mail.mazda.co.jp or by telephone at 81 (0) 82-252-5050. Admission is free.