Located in a property of more than 6 hectares, the “Moulin de Marnay”, near Azay-le-Rideau, the Cite Retro-Mecanique – Parc & Collection Maurice Dufresne (new name in 2023) celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2023. This museum houses a vast collection of cars, cycles, planes, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, agricultural or military machinery, vintage posters and unusual period objects, heritage from the 1850s to the 1950s. In total more than 3000 exceptional pieces and for many of them, unique in the world.

The cars of the Maurice Dufresne Museum

Here, you will discover old cars, even very old ones, restored with passion: Citroën, Renault, Panhard & Levassor, Ford… Among the most beautiful car parts in the collection are a 1922 Panhard & Levassor car, a luxurious 1926 Chenard & Walker limousine, and a 1950 Morgan. Citroën is one of the best-represented brands at the Cité Rétromécanique, with a 1922 “Trèfle“, yellow as it should be, a 1928 C6 Torpedo, a 1928 C4 convertible, as well as an example of the famous Traction, here a model 11B.

Besides cars

Cars are only a small part of the heritage presented here. Other vehicles (tractors, buses, trucks, construction machinery, 2 wheels), some planes (including a Blériot Type XI identical to that of the crossing of the Channel), industrial machines, looms, the collection of the museum is varied and will satisfy the curiosity of the whole family. The estate has a restaurant, and the mill mechanism has been restored and restored. The museum has a large car park (bicycles, cars, buses and motorhomes), a picnic area and games for children.


At the Cité Rétro-Mécanique – Parc & Collection Maurice Dufresne, the team organizee many activities for children and families throughout the opening period: treasure hunts, family Cluedo, visits to the reserves, educational workshops for children. Find here the current animations…

Practical information


April-June, Wednesday to Sunday10am-7pm
July-August, every day10am-7pm
September, Wednesday to Sunday10am-6pm
October, Saturday and Sunday AND from Wednesday to Sunday during school holidays10am-6pm
Open Easter and Pentecost Mondays

Reopening March 30, 2024. End of season Sunday October 27, 2024.


Children (10-17 years)7,00€
Children (under 10 years old)Free
Students and PRM9,50€

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