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“A dream come true”

Musee des 24 Heures du Mans
Ranked #5 of 43 things to do in Le Mans
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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.
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“A dream come true”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

The museum is full of historic cars from the heyday of motorsport, check out the detail of the dioramas, excellent value for money and a great day out, we were passing through france and had our rest day here, not worth a long trip here unless it's for one of the many races

Visited September 2013
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear John,

thank you for your kind message.
The collection invite you to embark on a journey over a century of history,
Indeed a visit in our musuem is, for some people, a dream comes true.
It's a tribute to the most beautiful race in the world

Best regards
Le Musée
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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“A must visit for any petrol head!!”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

We stopped by this museum as my husband is a self confirmed petrol head!!
It cost 20 euros to enter for our family of four and we spent quite some time here. charges are 8.50 euro/adult, 6 euro for age 10-18 and free for children under 10. It was'nt really that busy and we could get around easily. There were alot of racing cars as well as other old cars to see. It was good to see how the race track has changed over the years as well as info about the different drivers.
The only drawback of our visit was that we visited on a hot day but there is no air conditioning in this huge metal hanger which made us hot and sticky.
There is a gift shop within the museum however the prices are rather high.
If you are interested in cars and the 24 hour race then this place is for you!!

Visited August 2013
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this review, September 13, 2013
Dear Sarah,
thank you for your message.
Indeed the museum aims at showing the evolution of the motor cars in Le Mans.

Be sure that, the Museum is carefully attentive to its visitors' comments.

The gift shop, inside the building is ruled by the ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) whereas the Museum is ruled by the local council (le département de la Sarthe)

Hope to welcome you soon
Best regards
Le Musée
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nothing to write home about”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

Le Mans, for a motor sport fan, is one of the places to visit. It sits up there with Monaco, Nurburgring and Spa. Therefore for me, was somewhere I really wanted to visit.
The museum was more than a let down though.
There is a fair bit of history regarding the track, the race and the famous drivers. However the 1955 tragedy is omitted, almost as if it didn't happen.
What really disappointed me, was the selection of cars on display. The more modern cars (Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Toyota: of the past 50 years of so) are the actual cars who triumphed.
But the earlier cars are not Le Mans winning cars. "This is the identical chassis and body work to the 1927 winning car". Its not the actual winning car, its a copy then
There were also a lot of 'classic cars', almost someone's collection of pretty old metal which needed a home. Nothing to do with the Le Mans race, but we'll put it on show anyway.
My last bug bear was that the lighting was terrible. No care had been taken to light or highlight the cars in a flattering way.
As a fellow reviewer said, if you're passing its worth a look. But don't plan a trip here especially.

Visited July 2013
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Hello,

Just for your information, mores than 50 authentic cars are displayed in a zone dedicate to the 24 hours race. Some are unique i.e the Bentley 3L 1924, the Chenard & Walcker 1924 or the Tank Chenard (the first protype in automobile industry, in 1925).

Some of the earlier winning cars have been destroyed hence the infomation "identical to the xx winning car". In the Musée des 24 Heures-Circuit de la SArthe, the public is ALWAYS informed that the car is a copy, which is not often the case in different places.

Regarding the disaster of 1955 and the presence of cars which "have nothing to do with the race" , 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.

Best regards
Le Musée
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“OK if you are passing, but don't make a special trip of it.”
Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Stopped off here as we were on a whistle stop tour of Europe,, did lots of places, this place is OK but nothing special,, the good thing is you will probably be the only people in there as it's not a popular attraction. Staff outnumber visitors,,, probably very different if there was a motor event going on the track...
So in short, worth a visit just to tick it off, but don't expect a big car display, and don't expect much of a cafe or gift shop...

Visited June 2013
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Hello,
Le Musée des 24 Heures-circuit de la Sarthe is one of the most famous car museum in the world, due to this unique race. It's as well one of the most visited sights in Les Pays de la Loire.

As a cultural place, the museum has its ups and downs (weather, holidays, events on the track ...)

But, the most important thing you did not mention, in your message, it's the museum's collection of cars.

Moreover the gift shop, is ruled by the ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) whereas the Museum is ruled by the local council.

Best regards
Le Musée
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“Great insight into the 24hrs of Le Man race”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

For those who want a chance to see some classic cars that have raced at Le Mans then this is a great place to visit.

Over the past years the winning cars have been literally cleaned up and put into the museum. So don't expect pristine cars, but ones that have raced for 24hrs. The smell tells you all you need to know.

There are other areas of the museum that cover the historic part of the race that includes: hall of legends; old cars; history of the race, and more.

This is not a big museum and for some it will not be want they wanted. For €8.50 this is good value, just to see the Audi, Bently and Jaguar winning cars of recent years.

Visited August 2013
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Hello,
thank you so much for your kind message
Hope to see you again
Le Musée
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