Spring Activities

Cité Rétro-Mécanique Maurice Dufresne, Azay le Rideau, France

Spring 2023

The Cité Rétro-Mécanique – Parc et Collection Maurice Dufresne offers several activities, Wednesday for children and weekends for the whole family! Here are some examples, find the whole program on the museum’s website (in French).

Kid’s workshop “Building of a solar car”

3rd Wednesday of the month

The Cité Rétro-Mécanique is getting into the era of renewable energies! Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday, April 19, the pedagogical team of the Cité Rétro-Mécanique offers children a 1-hour workshop in which their mission will be to build a small cardboard and solar car. At the end of the workshop, small race cars on the program. Open to children from 6 to 10 years old, with a participation of 8 € / child

National Day of Vintage Vehicles

Sunday 30 April, 2023

The Cité Rétro-Mécanique Maurice Dufresne will participate in the National Day of Vintage Vehicles, organized by the FFVE (French Federation of Vintage Vehicles) on Sunday, April 30, 2023. In this context, a 2-hour guided tour of the Museum’s collections will be offered for anyone with an entrance ticket and within the limit of available places. In addition, a preferential rate will be granted to FFVE members on presentation of their card. Meeting at 10:30 am, reservation recommended.

Giant Cluedo at the Maurice Dufresne Museum

Sunday 30 April and May 28, 2023

A murder was committed at the Cité Rétro-mécanique Maurice Dufresne… One question haunts the team: who is the culprit? Come with your family to investigate in the museum! We need you to discover the culprit, the place, the murder weapon and the motive!

Meeting at 3pm, reward for the family who will find first!

Museum Road Trip

Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Take out your vintage, youngtimers or sports car and join in the Roadtrip of the Museum on the beautiful roads of Ridellois and surroundings. (Possibility to rent a vehicle if necessary). Welcome coffee, Walk, Unusual stopover and visit, Aperitif & meal, Free visit of the collections.

Price: 85€/pers.

Reservation required

Overnight at the Museum & Discovery of the reserve

Saturday 13 May, From 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm

As part of the Night of Museums, exceptional opening of the Maurice Dufresne Museum reserve: be part of the privileged ones who will have 15 minutes per group of 15 people to go around this reserve closed for 30 years…

Picnic and refreshment offer available that evening.

Guided tour of the museum + Dynamic demonstration

1st Friday of the month

Every 1st Friday of the month at 10:30 am enjoy a 2-hour guided tour offered with dynamic demonstration at the end of the visit. Guided tour offered, subject to availability, for anyone with a classic entrance ticket at no extra charge.

European Days of Mills & Millery Heritage

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May 11am

The Maurice Dufresne Museum, nestled in the heart of the Moulin de Marnay, a water mill still in operation, offers you a 1-hour guided tour dedicated to the mechanisms and history of this place.

Meeting at 11am. This guided tour will be offered free of charge to anyone with an entrance ticket.

Reservation recommended.

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