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“A confused museum”

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 29 July 2013

I must admit that I was expecting a bit more from this museum. There doesn't seem to be any logical to some of the exhibits on display other that the vehicle once drove past Le Mans or the manufacturer bought a hammer from a hardware store on their way through Le Mans in 1904. It's hard to figure out what relevance some cars have to the race. Even after reading the (out of date by a few years and poorly translated) €2 guide book I'm still at a loss as to why a lawn mower was on display.

There is no mention of Mercedes Benz or the terrible accident of 1955 which is disappointing this was a significant event in the history of the race and needs to be documented. It’s akin to the death of Ayrton Senna being written out of the history of F1!

The race cars are too tightly packed together meaning it’s difficult to get a clear view or photo and some of the cars are not even the actual car they are representing (Porsche 917L springs to mind....). And again these cars are in no logical order. Also there is no mention of or photos of the famous trophy presented to the overall winner!

The gift shop is full of high priced Aston Martin, Porsche, Steve McQueen and Le Mans 24 Hour clothing and models. Don't expect to find a cheap as chips toy car or even a colouring book for the kids. You can buy a bus ticket at the shop that takes you around the Circuit Bugatti for €8 each or you can get in your car, pick up the Mulsanne straight at Tetra Rouge (scene of Allan Simomsen's crash) drive the full length to the Mulsanne hairpin, then drive down to Indianapolis, around Arnage and as far as the Porsche Curve for free.

It's the sort of museum that you won't bother visiting again once you have been there.

1  Thank brick_driver
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Musee-24h, Responsable de la communication at Musee des 24 Heures du Mans, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2013

Very sorry to read your comment on the Musée.

it is ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE to say that, the 1955 disater is occulted in the Museum. A large text explained the terrible accident and its consequences. And the 1955 winning trophy is displayed in a vitrine near by. Because as you may know in 1955, the award ceremony had been reduce to "nothing". So a trophy is, indeed, displayed in the museum.

- The 917 LH is the real car (number of the chassis in support)

-The Musée is focused on the history of the 24 Hours and the evolution in motor car industry in La Sarthe". The museum is divided into 6 zones (with a colour code on the walls)

- For your guidance, it 's not a lawn mower but a tractor made by the local Renault factory (one of the most large industrial site after Boulogne Billancourt)

Best regards
Le Musée

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Reviewed 13 July 2013

great for the history. the actual race cars were interesting. many of the other cars were not restored. could have been nicer

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

Hello Brian
Thanks for your interest in our Musuem;
The Musée des 24 Heures-Circuit de la Sarthe focuses on the history of the 24 Hours Le Mans and the evolution of the motor industry in La Sarthe.
Some cars are very very old for instance the Bollée Torpedo 1912 or the Dog Car de Dion-Bouton 1885. they are not unrestored but rather in their exposed in their natural state.
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Le Musée

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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We stopped here briefly enroute to the Loire Valley. If you love cars, it's worthwhile. My son searched until he found the Ford and then stood and admired it for awhile. For me, the non-car enthusiast, it was still interesting to see all the different types of cars. It was free and took 1/2 hour to see the highlights. I would stop if you are in the area.

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

Thank you for your visite and your comment
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

My father had always wanted to visit here, so we made a day of it and were not disappointed. This is a well laid out, spacious museum, with an amazing collection of cars from vintage through to the twenty first century racers from recent 24 hours Le Mans events. Not all vehicles are racing cars, there's classic Citroens (including a 2CV that was driven around the world) right through to Rolls Royce cars, a fire engine and ambulance from the course, history and artifacts from famous drivers and much more. And it's next door to the circuit too, which a separate admission fee will allow you to access. Don't forget to visit the museum shop too (no entry fee needed for this).

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

it was very nice of you
thanks a lot and hope to see you again
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Hubby is a petrolhead, so off we trotted. Firstly, he has seen more Le Mans cars elsewhere, including in the UK, e.g. Goodwood Festival of Speed. There is a bit of blurb on some of the key people, nothing about major events over the years - the 1955 disaster anyone? If you want to see some nice cars, fine, if you want to learn much, go elsewhere. Complete letdown. Cheap-ish entry though keeps it above the 1/5 mark.

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

Dear Susanne,
As one's said it is quality and not quantity that counts !
More 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).
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.

But do not misundestand us, the victims as well as their relatives are cherished and remembered everyday.
Best regards
Le Musée

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