It seems car enthusiasts have received some welcome news this week. On Monday 15th June, the Prince of Monaco Car Collection reopened its doors to the public for the first time in over three months.

Valérie Closier, Director of the Collection, spoke to the local TV channel Monaco Info about the grand “reopening” after the long hiatus during lockdown.

The Collection’s latest exhibition

As expected, Valérie Closier assured that all the necessary health measures had been implemented by the Collection’s team for its reopening, such as wearing a mask, access to antibacterial gel and a clearly laid-out route for visitors.

“We’ve put our wide range of F1 cars back in place,” she explained. “We kept a few rally cars and even made an exhibition of race cars since we had to miss our F1 Grand Prix this year.”

Latest layout at the collection, allowing visitors to see all cars in the exhibition © Direction de la communication

The Monaco Grand Prix would have taken place this year between May 21st and 24th. It was amongst several Grand Prix to be cancelled, including Bahrain and Shanghai.

What next for the Prince’s Collection?

In terms of events, the Collection, which houses a variety of luxury and racing cars, is already planning for the future.

“In July, there will be an Artcurial auction which will be at the Hôtel Hermitage, but we are the ones who ‘house’ the cars going on sale,” Valérie Closier said. “We’re going to hold an auction to raise money for the children at the L’Archet Hospital in Nice, an auction of helmets which have been customised by big artists.”

F1 helmets on offer at the auction for children at L'archet Hospital in Nice
Customised helmets on offer at the auction for children at L’archet Hospital in Nice © Direction de la communication

The collection was founded by Prince Rainier III in the 1950s, an avid car collector himself. The exhibition is in Fontvieille, spanning 5000 m2.

For more information, visit Cars collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco.