Michelin museum

This item appears on page 75 of the November 2011 issue.

In the Auvergne region in south-central France, the museum L’Aventure Michelin (32 rue du Clos Four, 63 100, Clermont-Ferrand, France; phone +33 [0] 4 73 98 60 60) is dedicated to the more than 120-year history of the Michelin tire company.

With horse-drawn carriages and old bikes, cars and aircraft on display, exhibits show how the Michelin brothers used rubber to craft tires. Included is a life-size model of a train that ran on tires, the Micheline, which was hacked together from an airplane fuselage and a truck engine. A small section of the museum is dedicated to Michelin guides.

Open daily, except Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 pm. September-June and from 10 to 7 July 1-Aug. 31. €8 ($11) adult or €7 senior.