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Maurice Dufresne Museum

17 route de Marnay, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
+33 2 47 45 36 18
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Quirky and fun

Well worth the cycle / drive out there. Vast collection of machinery with various amusing... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sarah S
Hong Kong
via mobile

We spent a couple of hours walking around the museum which includes exhibits outside and a massive... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bressuire, France
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The treasure of the museum lives in its spectacular collection. Indeed, the museum houses an impressive collection of vehicules of all kinds, including the oldest specimens which date from the early twentieth century: cars, lorries, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors, farm equipment, and even aircrafts, boats, tanks, and guns from World War II. You can also discover unique models such as the "Boutin" or "Benjamin" motorcycles or the type XI monoplane built by Blériot to perform his channel crossing. The museum also houses impressive machines such as the "Fountain" turbine which drove the mechanism of the huge waterwheel of the old mill, located inside the museum. Some of the mechanisms of these machines are still in operating today. Numerous knives and firearms can be found as well as several unusual items like unique wax heads of condemned people, or a mobile guillotine dating from the Revolution
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17 route de Marnay, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
+33 2 47 45 36 18
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth the cycle / drive out there. Vast collection of machinery with various amusing histories. Staff friendly and helpful.

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a couple of hours walking around the museum which includes exhibits outside and a massive collection inside. It is a must for all people who enjoy seeing old vehicles, including a travelling guillotine and a replica of Blerios' plane.

Thank guygit
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Spent two plus hours here, having viewed the Chateau and had lunch beforehand, but, anyone with a mechanical bent could easily spend double that. Although the initial exhibits are outside, probably 90% are under cover and you are fully protected from the elements. It would...More

Thank annietim47
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Visited because it was local, not expecting that much to be honest. Turned out that this museum is packed with interesting things and obviously the result of a lifetimes' work by an avid collector of old agricultural machinery, cars, mobile guillotines etc!. The slightly random...More

Thank laloxon
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This place is awesome with hundreds of vintage and antique vehicles, engines and more. It just goes on for ever. There are weaving looms, guillotine carts, weapons, planes, tractors plus historic information to back them up. A family run business, well worth a visit, next...More

Thank Sophie H
Reviewed 11 December 2016

In an already very attractive region, a visit to this museum is for the motor enthusiasts at least an absolute must. Appealing to all agegroups the exhibits,many recovered from obscurity in gardens and farm yards give a fascinating insight in the development of mechanics through...More

1  Thank Robert G
Reviewed 21 October 2016

In a very attractive part of the world with many chateaux, gardens and towns to explore, this is such a change. It appeals to children of all ages, say 2 to 99 years, and anyone who has even a passing interest in machinery of any...More

1  Thank Boeingbasher
Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is simply an amazing museum. To think Maurice collected 3000 items over 60 years and here they are for all of us to see. As someone interested in classic ares and steam machines this was right up my steet. Even my wife who was...More

1  Thank Robin H
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a perfect museum for people who are interested in veichles. There are all different types of veichles so there is something for everything. The museum is very large - 1km when walking all away around. There are signs in French, English and German...More

Thank Amplegirl
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Myself husband and 2 sons visited here while in France on our holiday, we had a great afternoon looking at all of the cars, tractors and other machinery. It was set out very unusually but had a nice easy flow and accessible with a pushchair....More

Thank BJChap
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