Musée des Blindés

Saumur, France

The Musée des Blindés is a tank museum located in Saumur and one of the world's largest tank museums. The museum has the world's largest collection of armoured fighting vehicles and contains well over 880 vehicles, although the British Bovington Tank Museum has a larger number of tanks. Less than a quarter can be exhibited due to space limitations despite the move to a much larger building in 1993.

Over 200 of the vehicles are fully functional, in the past often performing in the annual cavalry show, the Carrousel. Saumur has been the traditional training centre for cavalry and holds the current Armoured Cavalry Branch Training School. The museum has its origins in the study collection. It's still a State institution, run by the Army. There is also a separate cavalry museum at Saumur.

References:

Comments

Your name



Details


Category: Museums in France

Rating

4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Jon Payne (11 months ago)
Good value, lots of exhibits.
Robert Howard (11 months ago)
Thanks man ,lot of thanks, fantastic ??
Alexander Sant (11 months ago)
Over all a great tank museum and a go to when in the area. However it is losing a star due to limited information in English, but then again, it is a French museum. the other reason is that I noticed a couple of mistakes in some of the display cases of little model tanks and AFV. In one case it mixed up the labels for the Matilda infantry tank and the Bren gun carrier, and in another (this on was in the modern tanks section, just before the gift shop), which mixed up many tank labels. A few examples were the Centurion, M49 Bulldog and the Chieftain (I think). It has been a year or so since last visited so not sure on the current cases of the display cabinets. On the whole though, that was really the only drawback from this museum getting a full five stars.
Phil Mullan (12 months ago)
More tanks than you can through a very large stick at. Really well presented, plenty of room to look round all the exhibits in comfort. Interesting videos showing tanks in use during conflicts, well set out dioramas demonstrating life in trenches etc. Definitely worth a visit and only 10 euros entry.
Oli Banks (2 years ago)
A great tank museum. But more of a tank park, it just lacks something interactive.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Gruyères Castle

The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.

In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.

The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.

A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.