We have come to the end of my visit, so this will be my last post about it, for now. For any of you that missed any previous parts, or if you just want to have another read, there is a link at the top of the page so you can get all parts in there.
On today’s post I will be talking about the French Hall, Contemporary World Hall and the Exterior Exhibition.
Welcome to Part IV about my visit to Saumur Tank Museum, where I will be talking about the Russian Hall and Allied Hall.
On Part III I will be talking about the Curiosities Hall.
The museum has one hall I found really cool, the Curiosities Hall. In here you will find a known tank in World of Tanks, but what is most interesting is the other vehicles you find here. This hall is full of concepts that were build for a specific end.
The German Hall contemplated me with several new vehicles I have never seen before and a few ones I had but with some differences. The order of the tanks is quite nice to understand how Germany developed their tanks during the War. The Tiger I in display is quite an unique vehicle to see, it’s one of the last seven remaining in the World and it’s very different from the Tiger 131 that is in display at Bovington Tank Museum.
Tiger I 221 also known as Tiger Colmar
I’ve always dreamed on seeing the tanks I used to see in history books in person when I was a kid. Used to imagine myself going to places and be amazed by these vehicles and all of the engineering behind them. When I moved to the UK back in 2011, the first thing I did when I finally had money was to buy a car and go to the Bovington Tank Museum. My wife said to me when we got there “You look like a kid with a new toy”… And I was, I was finally seeing what I always dreamed of and I could touch them but this post is not about that visit, I’ll leave that to a latter post.
I will be sharing with you, in a series of posts, my visit to the Saumur Tank Museum, in Saumur, France or in as the French say Le Musée des Blindés de Saumur, back in September 2015.
Me in my Indiana hat that my lovely wife gave to me… and my trademark.
I found myself in here when I finally decided to find where the French museum was and to my surprise, I found out that it was 80 km from where me and my wife usually stop to sleep on our road trip to Portugal… yeah, I drive all the way to Portugal from the UK once or twice a year and its an amazing trip.
And I have to be honest, it wasn’t disappointing. The museum has a huge collection and with very unique vehicles for any tank enthusiast to go crazy about, in total the museum has over 800 vehicles and over 200 are in full working order.
The visit costs a mere 8€ and if you want to take pictures/videos you have to pay an extra 5€, which is a great price for what you get.