Le Mans 24 Hours Museum
At the beginning of 2009 the Motor Museum at the Le Mans 24 Hours racetrack reopened after a major refurbishment. Ever since we’ve been meaning to go and check it out, but as usual it took a lot longer to get around to it than we thought – even though we’re only 30 minutes from Le Mans and 40 minutes from the 24 Hours racetrack and the museum.
NOUVEAU MUSEE DE L'AUTOMOBILE/CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE
Last week we at long last got our act together and went to see what they had done to the museum, which is situated at the entrance to the famous racing circuit. It turns out that many of the same cars are there from our last visit, but the car collection seems to be larger now and the displays are miles better, with the interior space divided into clear sections with a more logical separation of themes and exhibits.
The 24 Hours Museum is situated at the entrance to the famous racing circuit and is easily accessed by car. Parking is limited in front of museum but there is more if you go up the badly signposted access road at the back of the museum. The nearest tramway is 1300 metres away, 15 minutes on foot – the station is “OASIS” and it is served by lines 3, 4 and 17.
The museum is divided into 6 sections tracing the story of the 24 Hours from the beginning – the drivers, constructors, cars and support staff. There are not many interactive exhibits to keep kids interested – this museum is mainly of interest to racing car nuts. The exhibits include many dozens of racing cars that have featured at Le Mans over the years.
In addition there are some excellent case models showing pit lane scenes from different eras, and one large model showing the layout of the whole circuit.
The museum is open all year. There is a gift shop and a cafeteria with terrace.
January : Fri-Sun 11h to 17h.
February, March : every day except Tuesday 11h to 17h.
April to September : every day 10h to 18h.
October to December : every day except Tuesday 11h to 17h.
Closed 24, 25, 31 December and New Year’s Day.
9 place Luigi Chinetti
72000 LE MANS
Tel : 02 43 72 72 24
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets – 2011 tariff
Adults 8€, adolescents (10-18) 6€, under 10′s free.
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