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“museum for 24 hours of Le mans”

Musee des 24 Heures du Mans
Ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Le Mans
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Come and discover the exciting story of the 24 Heures du Mans and the legendary heroes. Through 120 vehicles, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest tells you the epic of the automobile in the Sarthe and the success of its international event. Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Ford, Porsche, Matra, Audi ... all the big names are represented by their mythical models that immerse the visitor in the world's greatest endurance race. 300m² of temporary exhibitions complete this themed route, which can be continued by visiting the famous 24 Heures du Mans circuit.
Reviewed July 2, 2012

open all year but especially busy during the race this museum has historic cars from 80 years of the race and is a must do visit during the week of the race, but is also worth visiting if you just happen to be in Le mans on holiday

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Musee-24h, Responsable de la Communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

I visited the museum on June 15th 2012 one day before the 24 hour race so there were many people there, but no problem the exhibits were good I would recommend to anyone with an interest in cars to visit.
Plenty about the history of the great race entry cost €8:50 allow 1-2 hours to see everything.

2  Thank Zorro132
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Many thanks for your kind message.
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Car's abound in this museum and you can literally go up and touch them. They even take some of them and race them in classic car races, so these aren't static displays. Lots and lots of rich automotive history here! You must see it!

1  Thank godsmack44
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

hello
Thank for your message, but be carefull it's forbidden to touche the cars some of them are very very old and unique
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

First rate museum with fascinating exhibits covering the history of Le Mans and of the car. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank nicholasxmurphy
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

Hello,
thank you for your post

Regarding the disaster of 1955, the scientific comitee in charge of the renovation in 2009 decided to celebrate the genesis of automobile industry in la Sarthe which paved the way to the birth of that unique race, its glory and its technical advances born in the Circuit de la Sarthe.
This decision has been motivated from a cultural and patrimonial point of view

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We arrived at Le Mans on a Sunday when of course everything was shut. We took a picture of the magnificent cathedral with its beautiful carving and moved on to the motor museum. It was not as big as some we have visited but did have some interesting exhibits. At the entrance, we bought our tickets and were asked if we wanted a guide book. It was quite reasonable in price 2 euros and gave information on all the exhibits. It was divided up into zones, the first being a Hall of Fame. This showed various famous racing drivers from the past and those creating the history of Le Mans. Next, a circular room with a screen showing a film of a race and cases of Le Mans race tracks through the ages. Next section were vintage cars including the famous Golden Scarab. This vehicle was designed by Citroen, it crossed the Sahara and crossed from Beirut to Peking, it has both tyres and tracks. A film showed it driving up the Himalayas and having to be part-dismantled for some difficult stretches. Moving on from this, there were various cars, motor bikes and video clips through the ages. Moving on to racing cars and motor bikes of the more modern age. In all, there were 22 screens in the 6 sections - each clip took 4 minutes. One could spend some considerable time in this museum if you are very interested. However, it is compact enough and with seating throughout to get through it in reasonable time. At the end there were small models in glass cases. There is a small cafe but what was advertised as meals were really snacks and the chicken thighs with a salad garnish I had left me feeling hungry. There was also a shop but the postcards were limited and the printed t-shirts were geared at either the motor cyclist or old stock that had an out of date year on them. There were also lots of books, mugs etc. We then paid extra to go to the track itself. There wasn't a race on, but a Porsche Club was having a gathering. Drivers came to a small keypad and punched in a number which lifted the barrier, they would then roar through the tunnel and on to the track itself. Each car was going at its own pace, some overtaking others but one cannot photograph the sound of the roar as they go through the tunnel or the whine of the engines as they speed past, too quickly to photograph. We could wander around the spectator's areas, well protected from the track itself. It was fascinating to see them all. All in all, we spent most of the day in Le Mans and found it an enjoyable visit. The museum was busy with a throughput of peope and several coach loads in the afternoon.

6  Thank rondonel
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Hello,
First of all we would like to thank you for your message (very detailled and clear)
Our little caféteria has been reorganised since you last visited (new products, new menu)
Hope to be able to offer you our new "plat du jour" !

The Musée is ruled by the local council but the gift shop as well as the Bugattti track are ruled the ACO (the creator of the 24h race)

thank again for your message and your visite
Best regards
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