Le Mans race museum

Le Mans
Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Museums

A great place for car enthusiasts, the Le Mans 24 hour race museum holds over 120 cars, including past race cars from big names such as Bugatti, Ferrari and Porsche. Amongst the cars are 30 historic racing cars including 11 winners of the Le Mans 24 hour race such as the 1992 Peugeot 905 B. You'll also find working educational models showing how the parts of a car work, video footage of important phases of development in automobile technology and a glass-walled workshop where you can watch engineers at work on some of the cars. If you have a ticket for the race, you can gain entry to the museum at a reduced price.

 

Nearby attractions

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Places to visit nearby

Le Mans in Pays de la Loire is a modern city with a diverse heritage.

Tours in the Loire Valley is a modern city with a history dating back to the Romans that is famous for its architecture, wines and markets.

Laval in Western Loire is a pretty town on the Mayenne river where a charming château sits on a rocky outcrop, and some remarkably well-preserved Gallo-Roman baths can be found nearby.