Maurice died in 2008 but his legacy continues under the management of his daughter, Monique. The museum is a popular place, visited by thousands every year but the day we visited there was only a handful of people there and we were able to take a leisurely stroll around the exhibits. The museum is so vast, though, I don't think a crowd would be a problem.
We wandered through the galleries for a whole afternoon...there was so much to take in, almost too much, and my mind turned continually to my late husband and son, both motor enthusiasts and lovers of machinery who would have been thrilled by it. I would suggest a visit here would be a great antidote if you are all "Loire chateaued out". It is a gem of a place in a tranquil setting by the river and includes a bar and restaurant for refreshments and a gift shop for souvenirs.
Below: This is a travelling pedlar's cart, dating from the time of the French Revolution.