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Maurice Dufresne Museum

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Address: 17 route de Marnay, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
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+33 2 47 45 36 18
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 7:00 pm

The treasure of the museum lives in its spectacular collection. Indeed, the...

The treasure of the museum lives in its spectacular collection. Indeed, the museum houses an impressive collection of vehicules of all kinds, including the oldest specimens which date from the early twentieth century: cars, lorries, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors, farm equipment, and even aircrafts, boats, tanks, and guns from World War II. You can also discover unique models such as the "Boutin" or "Benjamin" motorcycles or the type XI monoplane built by Blériot to perform his channel crossing. The museum also houses impressive machines such as the "Fountain" turbine which drove the mechanism of the huge waterwheel of the old mill, located inside the museum. Some of the mechanisms of these machines are still in operating today. Numerous knives and firearms can be found as well as several unusual items like unique wax heads of condemned people, or a mobile guillotine dating from the Revolution

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If you like Machines this is for you, if you dont its still a great day

The Tourist Office brochures undersell this place, go see it. If you're a machine buff its full of many differing engines and tractors and cars and planes and fire engines, even... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2014
East Kilbride
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East Kilbride
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66 reviews
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Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Tourist Office brochures undersell this place, go see it. If you're a machine buff its full of many differing engines and tractors and cars and planes and fire engines, even prams. Maurice Drufesne is a superb eclectic collector, of what some would call junk, but I'd say heritage. The general state of the exhibits is good, some are in... More 

Thank JamesEastKilbride
Bideford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2014

Well worth the drive to visit this museum/collection so many vintage pieces. Outside displays can be walked around and touched and most look in good condition not rusting scrap. The building stands on the river and this powers a large water wheel and I think some sort of submerged turbine /wheel these power exhibits. walking around, some pieces power up... More 

Thank 247IMC
Sydney, Australia
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79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2014

This museum displays an amazing collection of over 3000 machines, vehicles, weapons and working paper mill machinery in a superb setting. As my wife and I worked our way through this huge display I kept uttering wow ! at yet another area and huge range of items. A real tribute to Maurice Dufresne for preserving so much of our heritage.... More 

Thank Greg072
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2014

I cannot say I enjoyed the museum because I am not a machineaholic. However, I can appreciate the amazing collection - there really is a bit of everything. I felt it was not suitable for younger children - it is a collection and there is very little to do. The machines are not running and cannot be touched or sat... More 

Thank morselover
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

We made the trip from our base in Muides sur Loire on a very hot day in July. My husband had been to the museum many years before and wanted to revisit so I went along too. Surprisingly enjoyable for a wife who has to tolerate old farm machinery around the place and endure constant tinkering. The range of exhibits... More 

Thank Carole B
Romsey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

A tale of two views:- If you love old machinery, if you marvel at human ability to create machines to do the most complex tasks, if you want to read every caption, label, poster, if you want to climb aboard each exhibit and examine the intricate linkages and power supply, then you will be in second heaven. if you are... More 

1 Thank Jim P
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Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

After four chateaux and associated gardens, this was a complete change of pace. There is a huge collections of machines. Mostly industrial and agricultural with some automotive and military. My only complaint is that the signs were only in French. I had to translate and my husband then explained how they worked.

1 Thank faye57
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Three generations visited this charming museum, the exhibits were varied enough to keep everyone happy, although the younger generation would have Iiked to be able to climb on some of the tractors outside. Delightful area outside for a picnic, overall a good day out.

Thank domesticsunray
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We visited with a 5yr old and 2yr old in April 2013. This is the largest collection of machinery I have ever seen - it is interesting for everyone, but truly fascinating for people who love engineering, or machinery. Outside there are 'big' machines - tractors, trains, pumps, rollers. Inside there is basically everything. Farm machinery, cars, trucks, motorbikes, scooters,... More 

Thank sheepdip2k
Matakana, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This place was visitied by all the family except me as i stayed at home to swim and read. My father and all the other visitors rated it as one of the coolest places they had ever been to. He does love science and technology though. They spent the whole day and came home raving about it. We travelled alot... More 

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