There are many motor museums in France (and Monaco). Logical since France is one of the major automotive countries, whether in innovation, industry or competition. Without claiming to be exhaustive, this site refers to the majority of places where the automobile holds a significant place.
A wide variety of automotive museums
The landscape of French automotive museums is very varied. The Stellantis group (Citroën, DS Automobile and Peugeot) has been promoting its history for several years through an association, L’Aventure, which is divided into several universes for the group’s manufacturers.
Several institutions (such as the ACO with the 24 Hours of Le Mans) preserve and exhibit their heritage. Public authorities (State, Regions, Communities, Cities) have been able to take over from private car collections. This has ensured their sustainability and avoided their dispersion. We obviously think of the National Automobile Museum in Mulhouse, but we can also mention the Henri Malartre Museum in Lyon, the Grand Atelier in Châtellerault or the Valençay Museum. 2 other major institutions, the musée des Arts et Métiers (Paris) and the Musée national de la voiture (Compiègne Castle) exhibit in their vast collections many testimonies of the history of the automobile. On the periphery of the automobile, the Aventure Michelin develops the impact of tires on the evolution of the automobile, and transport in general.
And then a special mention to all those enthusiasts, collectors or associations, who bring to life automotive museums throughout the territory. They allow the public to discover and admire this part of our history.
The automobile museums referenced on the Automobile Museums website are classified by region and accessible from this page. The information provided, in particular opening hours and prices, is indicative. We strive to update the pages of the site regularly. But Automobile Museums cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information, which may change according to the functioning of the establishments. It is therefore recommended to check these conditions before planning a visit.
The content of the pages will evolve according to the news of the automotive museums present. New museums will regularly enrich the site in the coming weeks and months. So come back often to visit these pages!
Centre – Loire Valley
Ile de France – Paris area