Reims Automobile Museum (Champagne)

In the city of Reims (Champagne) there is a Museum of the famous retro cars, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles and other self-propelled vehicles, the collection of which is rightfully considered one of the largest and best in the world in its subject matter.
The Museum of Retro Cars in Reims is the history of the world automotive industry, a collection of all major types of cars from the beginning of the 20th century to the “Brezhnev and Reagan period”. Tourists from all countries, including the United States, should remember that at the beginning of the last century, France was a leading world power, a manufacturer of cars. The first cars, trucks and taxis supplied to many countries, including Russia, as a tradition, were French Renault, Peugeot and other well-known world brands, competing with American brands. Under the influence of the French automotive industry, the automotive industry began to develop in many European countries. In the Russian Empire, the Joint Stock Company “Russian Baltic Carriage Works” began to produce the first domestic cars “Russo-Balt”, using elements of French designers A. Kegress, the company “Zenith”  and other advanced developments.

Automobile Car Museum in Reims Champagne

Automobile (Car) Museum in Reims Champagne

During the First World War in the Russian Imperial Army, most of the cars were also French-made. Russia sent soldiers to help France as part of special brigades for protection, including Reims, and France helped Russia with much-needed trucks and cars. The Reims Automobile Museum has a special exhibition dedicated to the First World War and tells about the role of taxi drivers in the defense of France.

World War I and the Marne Taxi

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, the Automobile Museum expanded the collection with a model that went down in history. In September 1914, when the threat of the Germans capturing the capital of France, Paris, was at its highest, 650 Parisian Renault AG1 taxis quickly deployed several thousand soldiers to the combat area near the Marne River. Among military historians there is an opinion that this is what saved the capital. And the car was named “taxi de la Marne”.

After the First World War, as a result of the Great Russian Exodus, fleeing from the criminal authorities in Russia, many officers of the Russian army ended up in France and worked as taxi drivers in Paris. Engineering education, knowledge of the material part and even extensive practice at the French military base in the city of Gallipoli allowed many Russian servicemen to work as drivers in the 20-30s, creating the famous Russian Taxi in Paris. The trade union of Russian taxi drivers in Paris for many years was one of the largest and most influential in France. The Reims Automobile Museum has in its collection almost all the cars that were used by Russian drivers in Paris.
The museum also includes a rich collection of historical motorcycles (“bikes”) from all countries and is of interest to “bikers” and just motorcycle enthusiasts from the USA, Canada and Australia. Watch and read more in the gallery “Motorcycles and mopeds”.

Motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles in Car museum of Reims

Motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles

French fire engines in Reims car museum

French old fire engines of Reims city

Collectors, modelers and history buffs will also enjoy the collection of miniatures of the Automobile Museum, which is a scale models and toys of cars produced in the last century. A visit to the museum with children is also welcome, for whom such a collection of over 5000 items will be interesting and enjoyable.

Automobile Museum in Reims (Champagne), the Cars history.
The Automobile or “Car Museum” was created in 1985 by the famous engineer-inventor Philippe Charbonneaux as the French Automobile Historical Center, an enthusiast in mechanical engineering and a professional in the field of metallurgical production. Read more, the history of the creation of the museum.

Collection of the Automobile Museum in Reims
The Museum exhibits cars and motorcycles dating back to 1908. The collection includes several hundred pieces of equipment, many of which are small-scale and rare. More, catalog of cars, motorcycles and models…
The collection of Reims Cars Museum can be divided into the several thematic groups according to the historical period or the purpose of the technique:
– Cars of the early XX century (before the First World War and the period of the First World War)
– Cars of the 20s and the 30s, Cars of the 40s (WW2)
– Sheriff’s car (cops) and the fire trucks
– Machine ‘la Grande Georgette’, Ford T CIBIE
– The vehicles prototypes
– Adventure and Expedition Vehicles, Newspaper Union Promotional Vehicle
– Sports (racing) cars
– Car ALBA Ah La Belle (Ah the beautiful car)
– cars that work on pedals (like from our childhood)

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Reims Automobile Museum, the practical information.
The Automobile Museum is open daily except TUESDAY,
Opening hours of the Reims Automobile Museum:
10.00-12.00 and from 14.00-17.00 (winter time) and 14.00-18.00 (summer time)
Holidays (Museum closed): 25 December and 1 January
Entrance fees: adults – 8 Euro, schoolchildren 11-18 years old – 6 Euro, children 6-10 years old – 4 Euro, family ticket (2 adults + 2 children from 6 to 10 years old) – 2 Euro
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