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“An excellent afternoon for a certain type of person”
Review of Musee du Moteur

Musee du Moteur
Ranked #23 of 45 things to do in Saumur
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

For lovers of the internal combustion engine, this little gem of a museum is a “must” on the itinery of any self respecting Loire holiday maker. By far and away the worst aspect of my visit was my wife, who having agreed to accompany me, five minutes after our entry, started whining that she was bored and continued to do so for the otherwise 90 enthralling minutes of our visit. After half an hour she was requesting the car keys, preferring to sit in a hot car over continuing her visit to the museum. But I certainly wasn’t going to hand those over, in case she succumbed to the temptation of driving off without me.
The museum itself was a fascinating collection of internal combustion engines for aircraft, cars, racing cars, boats, ships, tractors, tanks and motorcycles, as well as industrial generators, industrial turbines, helicopter turbines and jet engines. My wife informed me that the second room had “nothing in it” and wasn’t worth visiting. I had the good wisdom to ignore her, and was rewarded with a glorious vista of a rocket engine from the Ariane space program.
I would therefore thoroughly recommend a visit with the caveat that you should carefully choose who you visit it with. My great relief was that I hadn’t brought my three teenage daughters with me. The 6 Euro entry would be cheap at twice the price, which is lucky, because I paid for my wife.

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Reviewed 25 June 2015

I visited this musee and was completely overwhelmed by the quality and selection of engines. The guide was so helpful. It is worth a second visit in the future.

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Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

This is a great little museum for anyone interested in engines. Petrol engine's engine's , diesel engines, jet engines, rocket engines, they have the lot. Sadly the extensive explanation and history boards are only in French. The curator was a very friendly chap, with limited English. He did his best to explain many of the displays and started some of the engines for us.
So recommended for anyone who loves engines and can read French.
Remember to check opening times in advance - it is only open a few hours a day.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile
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