Musee Portuaire

Musee Portuaire, Dunkirk: Hours, Address, Musee Portuaire Reviews: 4.5/5

Musee Portuaire
4.5
Speciality Museums • Children's Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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1 MUSEUM, 3 SHIPS, 1 LIGHTHOUSE With 1,600 square meters (over 17,000 square feet) of exhibitions, 4 centuries of history, 500 works (models, videos, paintings, …) and 5 locations to visit (the Museum, 3 ships and the Risban lighthouse), we offer many ways to embark on a maritime adventure! Our museum is open everyday and our ships every afternoon from 2pm to 6pm.
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2-3 hours
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Tanksmon
Spartanburg, SC544 contributions
Solo
I arrived after the actual museum is closed, but their best displays were outside. You can view the three masted ship Duchess Anne, a lighthouse ship and a barge (when I went it had weird mannequins hanging on the outside [...art?]), but it was all very pictureseque. See my photos for more.
Written August 4, 2013
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susief22
Budapest, Hungary38 contributions
Friends
The Musée Portuaire, located in an ex-warehouse is a real must, if you want to get familiar with the city's history. The exposition offers a great insight into the troubled history of the Dunkerque port and town throughout many hundred years of history form the middle ages until today, and with the exposed maps and a free audioguide it gives you a really rich explanation, worth to visit.
The museum owns two ships as well, both from the 19th century, and for some extra fee they let you in the ships with a tourguide, worth visiting too.
Altogether I think if one's visiting dunkerque, it's really important to go to the Musée Portuaire, it's really worth the money, and at the end it has a really cute museum shop as well.
Written November 20, 2014
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matthew g
Gloucester, UK16 contributions
Couples
Very pleasant afternoon spent here. Exhibits which include a large number of models are expertly displayed. Their lighting is very good. To those of us not fluent in French, it can be a bit of a disadvantage but even I managed to get the gist of the exhibits and their relevance. Intrigued to learn that Dunkirk was the home of privateers who plagued our shipping and in particular to learn that of Jean Bart who seems to be as famed in France as Drake is in England. Worth it even if it just to view the beautiful models and to go onboard the Duchesse Anne. (It seems that the other two vessels are only open to visitors on a Sunday)
Written March 7, 2019
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DRS
Guildford, UK7 contributions
EUR 25 family ticket for the 3 boats only (we didnt take the kids into the main museum because they probably would have been bored). The light ship was interesting. The Duchesse Anne was disappointing (especially if you have visited Portsmouth Hisotric Dockyard). The barge is only open on Sat and Sun mornings so we had to come back the following day. Tickets valid for 1 week.
Written August 8, 2022
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lizandianp
surrey955 contributions
Friends
One of the best small museums I have ever visited. All exhibits beautifully displayed, most with labels in three languages.There is a facinatig display of cargo handling equipment before mechanisation made dockers redundant. There are paintings, maps and the most detailed ship models. Out on the water there is a three masted tall ship (Duchesse Anne) which, until WWII,was a German navy cadet training ship, life on board is illustrated by actaul photos of the cadets as they sailed from Europe to S. America, S. Africa and home.You can also visit the lightship or go up the lofty lighthouse for small fees paid at the museum.
I found no problem with the friendly staff who all have at least some English.
Good shop.
Written February 24, 2015
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Bfish75
London, UK82 contributions
This probably would be quite a good museum other then it dosn't allow for non French speaking tourists. There is nothing up in any other language or is there any guide books or Audio guides
Written June 12, 2012
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Tarry11
Bishop Auckland, UK9,634 contributions
Friends
Quite easy to get too from the town centre and quite a nice walk. You can't miss it to be honest, there is the Sandette, and a pilote boat right outside it. During the winter season it does close for lunch, but it did seem to open early. It costs 5 euros to enter, and you can get audio tours, which I guess I would recommend you do because we didn't, but I guess it would have made it a bit easier, but never mind. The beginning of the museum is about early days at seas right up to the history of the port of Dunkirk. It also told you about ship buiiding in Dunkirk and how the port was destroyed during the War. There are plenty of exhibits, ie, of how they did coal in the early days, and plenty of good models of the various ships/boats. There is 3 levels of the museum, and the top one been the boat/ship models. We where the only people visiting the museum whilst we where there (well I guess it was February) so we didn't have to fight to see the exhibits. Although that said, I did feel like I was rather annoying been the only couple of people in the whole exhibition.
Written February 17, 2012
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,000 contributions
Friends
Spending time around the Dunkirk harbour is a must, plenty to see and do, lots of information and even a Dunkirk history walk if you have time, well worth the time.
Written May 26, 2019
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momo442015
London, UK66 contributions
Friends
Two interesting ships to visit after lunch. First the 3 masted sail training ship originally built for the German Navy and now renamed the Duchesse Anne. But the other is perhaps more interesting - the old Sandettie light vessel built after WW2 for the French lighthouse administration and one of 22 coastal stations reporting for the nightly Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4 as well as for the French Maritime Meteo Consult. It was moored on a sandbank off Calais on the East side of the Strait of Dover. Living and working on board was pretty sparse and crew changes quite hazardous. It has now been replaced by a new automated vessel with no engine and now crew powered by solar panels and operated not by the French but by the UK equivalent - Trinity House. I have to say I am partial because the last thing I do at night is listen to the Shipping Forecast.
Written December 29, 2015
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cazza1024
ascot77 contributions
Great museum with excellent information of Dunkirk through the ages inc 1940 war. There was an extra part to celebrate 75th anniversary of Dunkirk rescues. Do visit
Written May 25, 2015
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  • Sun - Sat 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM


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