Museums in France
"Between the Alpilles and the Luberon, a splendid collection of cars to discover... A roundup of a century of automobile history through the different epochs of this fabulous epic... Sports cars and popular cars of all ages share this space with bicycles, motorcycles, toys, posters from the time and other, out of the ordinary objects."
Deriving from the collection of Guignard brothers, the Musée de l'Automobile Valençay traces nearly 80 years of the French automotive industry. There's also an exhibition about The Rallye with archives documents, Remy Duroir's photos, film and some vehicles. In exclusivity you can see the vehicle which participated at the 1996 Paris-Dakar with Pierre Lartigue like driver.
The Bellenaves Automobile Museum was opened in 2000 on a 800 m2 industrial site, housing 45 cars.
A private collection of over 1400 pieces, including cars, motorcycles and memoribilia
A very different kind of museum ... housing old cars, toys, tractors, military equipment, gramophones, dolls, and ornaments. Nostalgic memorabilia including old advertisements, one of the very first Michaux bicycles, a Thai rickshaw, a 1947 Plymouth car, a 1924 fire-engine, a Merlin steam machine, a Sikorsky helicopter, a percolator, a Ford Model T, and a whole lot more. It all started approximately 50 years ago. One day, while exploring France, Manuel Ribeiro, founder of the museum and passionate traveller received a cart lamp from a farmer and from then on was bitten by the collector's bug.
With more than 300 pieces, the Conservatoire maintains the largest international collection of Citroën vehicles. Most of them are in perfect condition. Under the metal beams of the main building, the extraordinary fleet of the Conservatory is wisely classified by decades (from 1919 to the 2000s) then by thematic islands: sport, adventure, utilities, unusual vehicles, concept cars and prototypes. Since 2019, a new space has been entirely dedicated to vehicles from the DS AUTOMOBILES range.
The 1000m2 building is purpose-built, and holds in all around 50 cars. The museum contains post-war Citroens, exclusively in exceptional, "show room" condition, with very low mileage. The museum is the result of 25 years of passion and dedication to the search for these cars all over France. The whole range is represented from the 2CV to the SM, in an almost "new from the factory" condition. Furthermore, some are exceptionally rare, such as the famous DS no. 32, sold in 1955, and the oldest example of this model known to be in existence today.
An exceptional collection in Eure-et-Loir province, this museum features a wide range of cars made between 1885 and 1965, plus bicycles and motorbikes. There are Fiat, Simca, Licorne, Panhard cars and a nice Facel-Vega as well.
Local fire museum with a nice display of fire engines from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.