Museums in France
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.
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.
Housed in the former stables of the Château de Grouchy, in an exhibition space of 1,200 m², this living and educational museum aims to be a real educational tool.
In a vast 1,200 m² hall, firefighting equipment from the 18th century to the present day is presented. A room traces the history of the outfits,
helmets and headdresses from 1830 to 1960. Finally, a room, more particularly intended for children, allows you to discover an impressive collection of toys, the oldest of which date from the 19th century.
The Departmental Museum of Firefighters opened in June 1999. It is managed by the Remise 01, an association whose aim is to safeguard a heritage and make known the great and beautiful history of firefighters through the ages.
The establishment brings together 200 years of history through the exhibition of various materials and equipment,
presented within an initiatory journey of technical, scientific and human evolution.
In May, 2015 a new museum was opened as part of the famous Magny Cours track in France. 48 cars are exhibited, including Alain Prost's Renault RE30B Formula 1 racer from 1982, Renée Arnoux's Martini MK23 from 1978, a 1948 Gordini T48 which was driven by Jean-Pierre Wimille, Juan-Manuel Fangio and Maurice Trintignant - and the list goes on.
Formerly known as the Musee Auto Moto Velo, this collection is housed in a former armaments factory. The collection illustrate the history of cars, bicylces, motorcycles and scooters in everday life. Cars are ranging from rarities, like a 1893 Panhard&Levassor, a 1929 Voisin C14, a 1953 Longchamp prototype from Coucy, but it also includes a Ford Model T and a Citroen 2CV. There are also French-made scooters and motorcycles.
Local fire museum with a few fire engines