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Automobile Museum

Admire rare and intriguing vehicles, including miniature makes, from the private collection of a postwar car designer.

Housed in a former factory, the Automobile Museum holds one of the largest collections of vehicles in France, with miniature models and other family-friendly items to keep kids amused too. Look closely at some of the limited-edition cars from the early days of the automobile industry.

The museum dates back to 1985 and comprises the personal collection of car designer Philippe Charbonneaux. Wander around the displays, which feature more than 200 automobiles and motorbikes dating from 1908 right up to the later decades of the 20th century.

Look for notable European manufacturers represented in the collection, including Cirtoën, Peugeot and Renault among many others. Famous American models including a Ford Model T and a Corvette are also on show here, as are various fire engines and sports cars.

Turn your attention to the collection of shiny motorcycles, which includes big-name brands such as Guiller, Terrot and Ravat. Learn about the role of motorcycles in society and take photos of the shimmering vehicles.

Bring the kids to look at the vast array of miniature cars, comprised of more than 5,000 models dating from between 1920 to 1980. The museum also contains a collection of pedal cars as well as an assortment of enamel signs.

The site opens to the public every day except for Tuesdays, with additional closures lasting from late December through to mid-January as well as Christmas Day. Opening hours vary depending on the season, so check ahead before you visit. There is an admission fee, with discounts for teenagers, students, kids and groups.

The Automobile Museum is located southeast of Reims city center. The journey by car should take 10 minutes or less, depending on traffic. Take a short detour to see the Tau Palace and other nearby attractions, such as Reims Cathedral, on the way.


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