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Musée des Blindés, Saumur

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Colonel Michel Aubry spearheaded the creation of Musée des Blindés in 1977, with only a small collection of military tanks. Today, it’s a singular repository for multinational armored vehicles, including acquisitions from Iraq. Walk around the hundreds of armored fighting vehicles on display, which represent only a quarter of the museum’s holdings. In the curiosity room, see a lighter side of military motor vehicle history, such as a Vespa embellished with a rifle that doesn’t recoil and other odd bits left over from film sets. Unfortunately, abandoned experimental vehicles from French military research facilities are hidden away, but you can read up on them in the library. Use our Saumur vacation route planner to visit Musée des Blindés on your trip to Saumur, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • pity that we cannot enter the tanks otherwise very good home very interesting visit has to do
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  • This would be our 5th time visiting the museum. It's getting better and better. This year there's more displays, more details, more room to see the tanks. The car park was busy, the shop still recover...  more »
  • You like history, mechanics, go without hesitation to the Saumur tank Museum! FABULOUS! Tanks with stories, for most who are still rolling and are maintained by enthusiasts! The Royal Tiger necessarily the only one that still rolls in the world, but still full of others that back us in the history of tanks... Avoid too complicated in my opinion less than 9/10 years.
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  • I took my son to visit the Musée des Blindés when he was playing a lot of World of Tanks and War Thunder. He loved it. There's so much to see, and everything is well-documented (there's so much to read). It's worth the trip from Paris. I'm not very interested in tanks, but I also really enjoyed the museum.
  • Large well set out collection of tanks. Reasonable entry fee. Highly recommended.
  • Nice place to see tanks only 3 h from Paris.
  • This museum is absolutely essential for anyone who has studied war history, machines, or both. The exhibitions cover everything from the very first tanks and other vehicles to their modern equivalents, and it was really cool to see how the technology evolved and changed. All the tank 'stars' are there - Sherman, Churchill, Panther, King Tiger, etc. - and lovingly maintained. The descriptions are generally in English as well as French and German, but I found the translations a little stilted and vague compared to the original - you'll get more useful info out of it if you can read French. My sole (small) complaint with the museum was that it does tend to glorify war a little bit, with inspiring slogans written on the walls and so on. It's worth remembering that these are engines of mass killing. I've seen some other museums with a better balance of the "war is hell / war is glorious" dichotomy. Not to miss if you're at all interested. I loved it.
  • Wonderful! Has a great selection of vehicles, and is very simple, so even American tourists like me can understand. Very impressed!

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