The Gilles-Villeneuve Museum opened its doors to the public in 1988. On the initiative of members of the Berthier-Villeneuve comity regrouping volunteers and friends who knew Gilles Villeneuve, the museum followed the inauguration of Gilles-Villeneuve’s park and statue ( a real size bronze ). Berthierville will never forget the champion who put it on the map.
Rapidly, the museum located in the old post office became too small.
In 1995, a new and bigger Gilles-Villeneuve Museum is born. Better located, on Gilles-Villeneuve’s avenue, close to highway 40, but always in Berthierville, the establishment receive approximately 20,000 visitors per year.. Those visitors are coming from over 30 countries around the world.
In 1999, the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum obtain an important step... it’s 100,000 visitor.
In 2001, the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum continues it’s development and enlarge it’s surface. The museum acquire three important collector’s pieces. The very first Formula Atlantic car of Gilles (a March 1974) and two F1 cars from BAR of is son Jacques (1999 and 2000).
In 2002 the museum emphasise the 20th anniversary of Gilles Villeneuve’s death by registering on the Formula 1600 championship two cars remembering the Ferrari of the pilot from Berthierville, those of Mathieu and Remy Audette.
In 2007, the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum commemorates the 25th anniversary of Gilles’s tragic accident. Several activities marked this moment. Over 2000 people assisted to the ceremony on May 6th, in the museum parking lot. And 500 models of his Ferrari 126CK with a damaged front wing, souvenir of the 1981 Grand Prix of Montreal, were sold in 4 days !
Also in 2007, the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum receive it’s 200,000 visitor.
Since it’s foundation, the team of the museum is very active to perpetuate the souvenir of Gilles Villeneuve throughout years and generations. Trough activities like golf tournaments, banquets, membership campaigns, etc..., and other actives related to racing ( karting and Auto Shows) the staff and volunteers of the museum never stops the efforts so that the legend of the little guy from Berthierville will be told for many many years ...
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Regular hours: 9h00am to 5:00pm everyday
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Thank you to all volunteers who found a way to build the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum since its creation. Thank you to every sponsors of the establishment and of this web site. Thank you to the staff who didn’t spare the efforts so Gilles Villeneuve is still today present in our heart..
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