Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Armor Museum of Saumur, France


Location here  
Website: http://www.museedesblindes.fr/

Open daily except December 25 and January 1.
January, February, March, April, October, November and December -> Monday to Friday: 10:00-17:00 / Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11:00-18:00.
May, June and September: 10:00-18:00 (every day).
July and August: 9:30 to 18:30 (every day).
Guided tours in July and August at 10:30 and 15:00.
Admission: 7.50 euros (5 euros surcharge if you want to take pictures and videos).


It is located in the Loire region. If we make a route by car to see the castles Saumur is a good choice, not only for the museum but it also has a beautiful castle of the XIX century
  • From Paris or Nantes: From Nantes you can catch a train to Saumur (the journey takes one hour and the ticket is around 20 euros ). We can also rent a car in Nantes (see map here ). If we want to go from Paris it's  better to rent a car because train will take over 4hours and we have to make a transfer. Car route from Paris here (about three hours ). Train tickets and schedules: http://www.voyages-sncf.co.uk/


If you go to Saumur is quite likely that you will have to spend the night there. Depending on the type of accommodation you seek you will have several options. You can check here for hotels and hostels with prices and reviews.


If you like tanks this is your museum. Well worth a visit as it has a complete collection. We can find Allied and German tanks from the World War II. There is also a room dedicates to the contemporary world. The tour takes between 1h and 2h 30 min .

This is the plan of the museum:


Acording to the WW2, in the room of the Battle of France (1940) we can fin theese ones:

- Hotchkiss H 39
- Renault AMR 33
- Renault R 39
- Renault R 35
- Panhard AMD 178
- Renault B1 bis
- Somua S 35
- Renault UE 31
- Side Gnome & Rhone
- Renault ACG1
- FCM 36
- Laffly V15T Licorne

In the room of the German tanks there are some models of  Panther and Tiger. We can see some of them in the video:

In the Allies room you can find:

- M4 Sherman
- Jeep
- KV 1
- AM M8 Greyhound
- T34/76
- Matilda II
- Churchill Mk.V

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