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Automobile Museum of Vendee: photos, description (Musee automobile de Vendee)

Automobile Museum of the French Department of Vendee is in the region of pays de La Loire in the West of the country. The Museum is located between the small village Talmont-Saint-Hilaire and the sea port and resort of Les Sables-d'olonne.

The Museum is a private collection of antique and vintage cars collected by Gaston Girona, who all his life was devoted to the manufacture and repair of cars. To collect them, he began in 1939, and in 1967 was held the first exhibition open to everyone. This date is considered the year of opening of this Museum. The work of Gaston Girona was continued by his descendants, now a Museum owned by his children.

In total the Museum has 200 exhibits, and the most "ancient" refers to 1875, however, can be found here and more modern cars built at the dawn of the new Millennium. Interestingly, among the exhibited vehicles some are a real piece of engineering, and at the time they were considered "the car of the future". In addition to these "technical wonders", you can see bikes and bicycles of the late nineteenth century, including tricycle. And in one of the Museum spaces have been reproduced in the authentic setting of the first garage Gaston Girona, which is located in the neighboring commune of Saint-Pierre-du-Chemin.

The walls of the exhibition halls in turn, are decorated with advertising signs, posters and placards, preserved from the early twentieth century. Moreover, there are not only cars themselves, but also various details of their structure and accessories that were used in the nineteenth century. This collection will be of interest to any budding mechanic-fan. Not surprisingly, the Museum is very popular among children.