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To ensure your visit is as safe as possible, we have implemented the following measures in accordance with Decree No. 2020-548 issued on 11 May 2020:

  • Online booking of your time slot is strongly recommended
  • You must wear your mask throughout the visit 
  • Your temperature will be checked at the entrance
  • Hand sanitiser will be available
  • Please ensure you stay one metre apart from other visitors
  • The staff wear masks at all times and the reception desks are fitted with glazed screens. 

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  • The "La piste" cafetaria is open every day. 
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The Cité de l'Automobile is open!

In order to guarantee your safety, special modalities of visits are planned. Find out more

In the Arena! 17 symbolic cars tell their story
From 22 August to 27 September

A fun way to discover the history of cars

The show, which takes place every weekend and on public holidays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., presents 17 cars with character that are back in gear. They tell the tale of automotive adventures from 1870 to the present day by showing their history, the life of their designer, their technological advances and the development of mechanics.

The models follow on from each other on the exhibition track to the delight of both young and old: Ford Model T, Beetle, 2CV, 4CV, Bugatti type 40, Simca Chambord, Rolls-Royce, etc. Each car is paraded past the audience while its history and anecdotes are told. The parade around the arena will be presided over by Mr Loyal, who will guide visitors throughout the show. The cars will be driven around the arena in chronological order and star in short sketches.


Discover or rediscover cars that shaped history over 3 major periods:

- The origins of the car and the advent of the engine from 1885 to 1905: visitors will learn about the transition from horse-drawn vehicles to the car with one of the first bicycles or the De Dion-Bouton. The evolution of mechanics is underway...

- The golden age of the car from 1905 to 1939: from the taxi that contributed to the Marne victory which liberated Paris to pre-war cars, these vehicles illustrate the development of shapes and manufacturing methods.

- The car for everyone from 1945 to 1970: after the Second World War, the car became an object for the masses and the undisputed emblem of the 20th century (the 2CV and the Beetle)