If it Rains . . .
Rain is pretty rare occurrence in the Loire Valley, especially in the summer, but in addition to the many chateaux there are countless specialist museums to visit. From the Museum of Venery at the Chateau de Montpoupon, which also has its own private pack of foxhounds, to the art museums in Tours, the Museum of Flour milling in the working windmill in Bléré, the Museum of the Trade Guilds in Tours, to the mediaeval and archaeological museum in Montrichard.
There’s also the Aquarium de Touraine near Amboise and the Pagoda de Chanteloup, the Exhibition of the mini-Chateaux (scaled models of many of the famous Loire chateaux) and the world-famous Zoo Parc de Beauval, with its pair of Chinese pandas and its breeding programme for rare and endangered species. The Musée Maurice Dufresne at Azay-le-Rideau is a technological history museum with numerous important objects displayed in vast buildings containing some 25 rooms.