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“feels more like another automobile museum than a le mans race museum”

Musee des 24 Heures du Mans
Ranked #5 of 46 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.
Reviewed November 3, 2013

the museum is more about old cars and portraits than actual race cars, which while numerous are stacked up against each other so you can't really see much of these.
to do if it is really pouring and you have already seen most of le mans.

1  Thank quickerer
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Musee-24h, Responsable communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2013

Hello,

what a strange vision of the Musuem....
Nothing in your comment about the Audi E-tron 2012 ? the Audi R15 ? the Peugeot 908 HDi ? the Aston Martin DBR9, the Ferrari Maranello ? the Dodge Viper ??

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Le Musée

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

An atmospheric start to your trip around the displays is a corridor, with subdued lighting, of illuminated displays of the key drivers and people who have helped to make the 24 Hours of Le Mans arguably the most famous motor race in the world. There are a large number of racing cars displayed from the latest winner right back to the very early years and they are supplemented by a scale model of the circuit and its environs and period posters and memorabilia. Overall a great visit for any aficionado of motor racing and well worth doing. The shop is not good, the items for sale have a poor range and are too expensive which is a shame as the rest of the facility is so good. Afterwards it is important to drive the Mulsanne in the correct direction, albeit at 50mph not 250mph!

Thank MikeD16
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2013

Dear Mike,

thank you so much for your kind message.
everything in your comment is so true and really in phase with our goals.

Regarding the gift shop, its depends from the ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) whereas the musée is ruled by the local council, the departement de la Sarthe....

And as you say it's important to respect the speed limit on Mulsanne straight
Hope to welcome you soon
Best regards
Le Musée

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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

Thank johnboal
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded 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

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Le Musée

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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!!

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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded 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.

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Le Musée

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