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.



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Benjamin MICHONNET (2 years ago)
Great museum. Lots of tanks from first World War to latest models. Detailed information. Good for adults and kids.
Elmer Bakker (2 years ago)
Great place when you have interest in WWII and/or tanks in general. But also when you are I treated in "just" heavy machinery. So much to see, really interesting! To bad you can't sit down and enjoy something to drink/eat in the museum itselve. You need to go through the store and the exit to sit in a room whit a coffee and snacks machine and some garden seats. Misted chance I think. Because I could be there for hours but I got hungry. Maybe they do not want you to stay that long
Matt Smith (2 years ago)
Great if you're interested in tanks. A good selection of tanks of all ages from across Europe. Particularly good collection of French tanks
Andrew Rowe (2 years ago)
If you love tanks, you'll love this museum. Great range well presented,. You'll require a bit of French to get by. Hard to get to. Nothing to eat nearby. Takes a few hours to see everything.
Edward Terrington (2 years ago)
If you visit this area and are even just slightly interested in armoured vehicles, this museum is a must. One of the largest collections of tanks and related equipment in the world and definitely worth a couple of hours of your time. The Loire valley has lots of museums, even a mushrooms museum, but this one gets my vote. Excellent!
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