Le Mans Metropole Economic Development Agency
JOEL GILBERT: Director of Reasearch at LAUM ET CNRS
JOEL GILBERT: Director of Reasearch at LAUM ET CNRS

“The acoustic laboratory of the University of Maine (LAUM) associated with the CNRS, with 60 permanent researchers and forty doctoral students, is one of the largest laboratories in Europe in its field. With the technology transfer center of Le Mans ... [ En savoir + ]

Top | Legale Notice | Privacy policy


If there is a city conducive to leisure, it’s Le Mans!

Here the bounty of nature has opened the door to many outdoor activities: walks among the trees, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, or water and river activities such as fishing and cruises on the Sarthe. All of this is enriched by sports activities such as doing a lap on the international karting circuit, discovering one of the 2 golf courses of the urban area or taking a first flight. Relax with family, meet farm animals in the Arche de la Nature, enjoy the benefits of water in the many pools and aquatic centres…all of this is possible. Over to you!



Most theatres issue a detailed annual program. These are available online and at the Le Mans tourist office.

The Quinconces

This cultural centre brings the cultural life of the city into full bloom; a strong signal in the heart of the city which combines and synergises a wealth of cultural and artistic initiatives structured around six people-friendly themes: reaching out to all, openness to creativity, promoting dissemination, welcoming the lyrical arts, classical and contemporary music.

  • An 832-seat theatre covering 3,800 m², which can accommodate live performances, opera, concerts, dance and creative arts
  • Exhibition and entertainment facilities, including a multipurpose area of 330 sq. m, a contemporary art hall of 320 m² operating in sync with Quinconces events.

The Palais des Congrès et de la Culture

Easily reachable because of city’s geography, the conference centre stands in the heart of town 5 minutes’ walk from the train station. The advantage of its location in Le Mans is that you can walk to your hotel from there. This comfortable venue with its modern architecture provides you with various solutions and services to meet your expectations. It can host as from 100 to 1400 people with many interconnected halls, making it easy to organise plenary meetings and workshops. For shows and concerts, the configuration of the large auditorium makes for closeness and genuine interaction between stage and audience.

Plenary capacity: 1,400 people

Capacity for seated meals: 900

Cocktail capacity: 1000 people

U-shaped capacity: 50 people

Exhibition Capacity: 500 m2

Number of flat halls: 10

Number of lecture halls: 4


It offers a season of nationally acclaimed theatre, dance, circus and musical events and a program of exhibitions on creative works and contemporary art.

The Théâtre Paul Scarron

The Théâtre de l’Ephémère, a subsidised theatre company, has been putting on shows since 1991 in the Paul Scarron theatre, made available to them by the city. The company produces a wide range of shows which, in recent years, have focused exclusively on contemporary drama.

La Fonderie

It hosts companies and artists, French or foreign, conducting research in the fields of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and writing.


Managed by the Pièces et Main d’œuvre theatre company, the l’Écluse auditorium is equipped to receive theatre companies in creative gestation. It offers an eclectic program.


This small theatre in a vaulted cellar of the Cité Plantagenet is managed by the Le Champ des Possibles theatre company. It offers weekly events with a whip-round (you pay what you can) in theatre, music, reading aloud, puppet shows, storytelling, etc. It welcomes artists for residential programs during the school holidays and offers rehearsal time on weekdays.


This hall appeared like a flying saucer at the entrance to the Hunaudières in late 1995. Intended to accommodate 5,000 to 8,000 spectators, it hosts shows, concerts, rock opera, recitals and basketball games. Further facilities include a sports complex.

The Centre des expositions

The Le Mans Fair is the most important event of the Centre des Expositions (Exhibition Centre). It takes place every year in mid-September. Concerts, shows and fairs are organised in the Forum and in the amplified music room, Oasis.

Les Saulnières

The entertainment and cultural centre offers mainly musical events: contemporary music, jazz, world music, not forgetting chanson française and classical music. Performances for younger audience are also on offer, as are exhibitions and conferences.



Tessé Museum

2, Paderborn Avenue, Le Mans

02 43 47 38 51

Collégiale Saint-Pierre-la-Cour
Rue des Fosses-Saint-Pierre Le Mans

02 43 47 38 51

Paul-Courboulay Exhibition Centre

Rue Paul-Courboulay, Le Mans

02 43 47 36 56

Pilier-Rouge Gallery
square Dubois, Le Mans
02 43 47 36 23

Lobby of Le Mans city hall

place Saint-Pierre
02 43 47 43 56

Epau Abbey

rue de l’Estérel, Le Mans
02 43 81 44 44

Palais des congrès et de la Culture
rue d’Arcole, Le Mans
02 43 43 59 59



Le Mans Métropole has five cinemas with a total of 33 halls for various uses.

Les Quinconces: In the city centre, this new cinema in Les Quinconces cultural centre with 11 comfortable rooms covering 5,250 m² and 2,000 seats allow for a variety of programmes and also includes a literary café (210m) and an exhibition gallery (130m).

Les Cinéastes: The four halls dedicated to art-house cinema are managed by MJC Jacques Prévert (a cultural organisation). They have access for disabled people and equipment for the deaf.

Le Colisée: The cinema has seven halls, three of which have access for the disabled.

Mega CGR of St Saturnin: This multiplex located in St Saturnin is top of the Le Mans range and located in the heart of a commercial area. It has 12 rooms for 2,077 seats.

Le Royal: This local cinema, fully renovated, offers programmes for all ages. The projections are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday and Sunday; and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.



– Louis Aragon
– L’Espal
– Saulnières
– Vergers
– Relais lecture

Notre site utilise des cookies afin de nous permettre de réaliser des statistiques de visites. En cliquant sur le bouton "J'accepte" ou en poursuivant la visite vous acceptez l'utilisation de ces cookies

Consultez notre politique de confidentialité pour plus de détails.