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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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A Totally Wacky but Wonderful Museum

Maurice Dufresne must have collected every piece of machinery, car, truck, motorcycle, etc. that he... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allow a day to explore the whole collection

Others have already said how wonderful and eclectic a mix of exhibits are displayed here. It's a... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
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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 7 November 2017

Maurice Dufresne must have collected every piece of machinery, car, truck, motorcycle, etc. that he could find. Some wonderful examples of early machines. The museum goes on forever and is worth spending the time to poke along and see everything. It sits in an old...More

Thank yupoarist
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Others have already said how wonderful and eclectic a mix of exhibits are displayed here. It's a lifetimes work of an avid collector who wanted to preserve machines from the past for future generations to enjoy. Every thing from early Tractors to tanks plus the...More

Thank C6Dave
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Can't add a lot to the other great reviews which, I wish I'd read before we visited and then we'd have given ourselves several hours to do it justice. It's huge! We were there about two hours late afternoon and really didn't do the second...More

Thank Sally M
Reviewed 1 September 2017

A fascinating collection and well worthwhile taking a couple of hours to visit. It's not all about tractors. There's everything from 17th century weaving looms through cars and planes, a mobile guillotine(!), engines, water wheel, it goes on and on - in fact the walk...More

Thank Nick1953
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Worth it for the tractors alone, this fascinating collection has something for everyone. At least 2 hours needed to get round the entire collection. I was particularly impressed with the pre WW1 equipment and the portable guillotine is a Must see.

Thank Jerboa
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Maurice Dufresne collected thousands of items for his collection. On arrival we hired an audio guide for 1 euro. This was quite useful as long as there wasn't too much background noise. The first exhibits are mainly static exhibits of steam locomotives and agricultural engines,...More

Thank Kentishchap
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Magical place with so many different machines and contraptions. Set in a quiet but beautiful scenery this is a must see for old and young, male or female!

Thank Storbubben
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We have often thought about visiting this museum, this time we thought it might appeal to our friends on their first visit to the area and it was worth the visit. It was raining on the afternoon we visited and the first part was outside...More

Thank GaryW123
Reviewed 18 July 2017

I have always been interested in visiting car museums and doing a google search this museum came up Wife wasn't happy with yet another walk round a hall full of cars she has never heard of.. Well firstly there is not many cars this is/was...More

Thank David16749
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We came across this place having been given a leaflet at a previous attraction. The men in our party being petrolheads, we thought it might be interesting and make a change from all the chateaux we had seen! On first arriving at the museum, we...More

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8 June 2017|
Response from Sophie H | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think so. All the paths are wide although I'm not sure about the covered barn area/toilets.