Musee National de la Marine

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Musee National de la Marine

Musee National de la Marine
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traceyem43
Lancaster, UK48 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited the historic citadel at Port Louis which is 400 years old yesterday. It was extremely interesting especially as visits to the two other museums on site were included. Fortunately audio guides in English were provided as my French wasn't up to the task of translating everything. The only downsides are that the cafe is actually a drinks dispensing machine and the terrain is difficult for people with mobility problems. My husband has a mobility scooter and the ground was quite tricky in some places, otherwise I totally recommend a visit.
Written June 10, 2018
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Dutch-Mikey
Le Havre, France1,066 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
In the middle of a rather small fishing/pleasure boat harbor is this enormous citadelle fortress with 2 drawbridges and a moat all along the structure.

The whole is in very good shape and can be visited (although they are currently closed due to renovations, you can still see everything).
Written February 18, 2019
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Charles B
Fleet, UK37 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Looking for a little more than a day on the beach in beautiful Brittany we took the children (aged seven & five) to look round the Citadelle in Historic Port Louis.

Based in the star-shape fort, the Musee National de la Marine is dedicated to the history of the French East India Company which was created in 1664 during the reign of Louis XIV to manage the flourishing trade between France and the Far East.

The museum offers a fascinating insight into the trade routes of the time as well as what life was like for the mariners who worked the high seas.

Highlights include a stunning collection of antique cannons and model ships as well as a dazzling display of the various sorts of porcelain that were brought back to Europe from the master craftsman of 16th and 17th century China.

Although beautifully laid out there are not a lot of interactive exhibits so if your children get easily bored this might not be the ideal place to stay too long.

The other half of the museum is dedicated to the history of the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (The French Equivalent of the RNLI) which was equally fascinating.

Food options on site are pretty limited with little more than a vending machine in the 'cafe', so a picnic is advisable. There are picnic tables within the courtyard (although there are only two fixed table when we visited).

For those who like to stretch their legs a bit, the walk around the fort in the company of the audio guide is well worth it (even if sometime it can be a bit hard to sync the audio with you exact location)

Less than 5 minutes walk from the Citadelle there is a little beach (through an archway in the great sea wall) with a cafe so you can grab a drink and dip your toes in the water before heading on.
Written September 5, 2017
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LizetVerderOsse
Epe, The Netherlands31 contributions
Jul 2017
See the different ships and their stories.
Interesting to see in the minuatures where they would store the goods.
Some where used for ballast.
See the resqueing video.
Lots of things to see.
Written July 31, 2017
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TaaaTiiii
Lorient, France149 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Nice place to go when you are here and there is a bad weather outside. Military architecture, old building.
Written April 26, 2017
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SAKsps123
Dublin, Ireland128 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
The Citadelle, museum, shop are a must do if in Port Louis. The entrance fee is nominal and under 21s are free. The models, pictures, costumes, etc are captivating for all ages. We have visited many times and never get tired of what we see.
Written March 24, 2016
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Colgate50
Bristol, UK308 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
Most of the written information is in French but you can still work out the general details via the photos on display. There are old submarine pens which were built during the war. The exhibits on display are really interesting. If you have any interest in maritime history this is the place for you.
Written March 8, 2016
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stuartp1960
Manchester, UK291 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
This museum is within the citadel and charts the history of the lifeboat service in France. Much of the narrative is in French so a good understanding of the language would help. It is interesting to chart the development of the service against the RNLI.
Written October 25, 2015
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FrenchCoupleMiami
Miami Shores, FL63 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Located in part of the Port Louis fortress, the muse de la marine offers a dozen rooms on 2 themes:
The history of French sea rescue organization with artifacts, movies, ship models and pictures.
An exhibition about the salvage efforts of ancient ships, with a particular focus on XVI to XVIII century ships in the sea of China.

Both exhibitions are very clearly displayed with a nice mix of artifacts, pictures and movies.
A nice way to spend one hour before visiting the fortress and museum of Far East colonies across the yard...
Written July 3, 2015
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rholkar
Maheshwar, India45 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
nothing but the imposing fortress which houses this museum is worth the visit. the museum itself houses really beautiful scale models of sail powered fighting ships of yesteryear, with excellent information about the historic French naval presence around the world. additionally there jus a section devoted to sea rescue-- fascinating.
Written August 22, 2014
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