Port Museum (Port-Musee)

Port Museum (Port-Musee), Douarnenez: Address, Phone Number, Port Museum (Port-Musee) Reviews: 4.5/5

Port Museum (Port-Musee)
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ChristineBindert
Cascais, Portugal969 contributions
Aug 2020
The museum is great and temporary exhibitions are also really nice. Even if you are not into batting well who visiting. A must see if in Douarnenez!
Written September 11, 2020
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Paul R
Wellingborough, UK651 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
This is my kind of museum. No faded photographs, dressed up shop dummies or dusty rows of glass cabinets, here. Nothing preserved in aspic or stuffed with sawdust!
Instead, at this working river port in a small Breton town, there is a long wooden jetty with a variety of different boats moored up alongside, all of which are floating on the water as they had during their working lives and many of which you can board and explore. Even though I would not say I am a boat enthusiast, there is something exciting about being able to stand on deck, pose in the wheelhouse, clamber down into the engine room or marvel at the ingenious use of the very limited space in the living quarters. The boats come in all shapes, colours and sizes and make a very picturesque scene.
Well worth a visit.
Unless you are really deeply into your boats, I would say an hour or so is enough time but there are enough attractions in the local area to combine it with and make up a full day. I, for instance, went on to visit the nearby, picturesque village of Locronan.
Written September 16, 2014
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Siobhan M
Cork, Ireland54 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
We went to La Port Musee in June for a quick look one afternoon not realising how big it is and that we should have come earlier in the day. You start with the 'floating' museum on the quays which involves walking around the outdoor exhibits and the ships. Very interesting. Across the road the indoor section is huge. Allow yourself plenty time. There are boats and displays on all things maritime from all over the world. Excellent value for money and a really well designed museum. Plenty parking nearby.
Written July 30, 2013
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bridget5ireland
ireland73 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
I went to the museum to avoid the heat for half an hour but was still there 2 hours later! There is something for all ages and interests - history of fishing in Douarnenez, life size examples of boats from various countries and different ages, great photographic exhibition, children's interactive section, video showings (with seats and air conditioned!) and an outdoor section in the estuary where we had an opportunity on board the boats. A nice bar/crêperie next door was an automatic stop for refreshments - also recommended.
Written July 30, 2013
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GayPotato
West Wittering, UK30 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
We found ourselves in Dournanez by accident, but we had a great day at the Port Museum. The indoor part involved the history of the region (in particular the sardine - and the old photos really brought the history to life), some beautiful hand build wooden racing boats and then some that were just strange! The small area showing the history of french lifeboat men & their old safety & flotation equipment was thought provoking.

I loved the outdoors part though, where you get to clamber in and out of old trawlers & barges. No safety net or 'elf & safety here - you explore these old girls using the same stairways & passages that the crew would have done - including the engine rooms. Amazing to see the cramped bunks, small galleys and working areas up close and personal.

On the boardwalk there is a guy demonstrating rope-craft, where you can join in & compete should you feel the need - good job I know my reef knot from my bowline! For the electronics buff there is a large room dedicated to ancient marine telephony - probably would appeal to someone. For me it was a day thoroughly well spent. Loved it!
Written November 28, 2012
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raypask
Melbourne, Australia56 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Sure there are boats, reflecting the region's very long and successful fishing industry (the Romans exported sardines from here), but they are moored in the quay where you can board and wander round several, and they are inside the museum together with a few fishing boats from other places( look for the wooden carved crocodile outriggers on the one from Papua). Included is an exhibition from Roman times and an oral history of the impact of the declines of the region's fishing industry. Great for children too - there's worksheets in French to locate and discover things.
Written September 27, 2018
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Steve T
Colne, UK722 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This wouldnt be my normal cup of tea. As I'm a landlocked landlubber. But we were given free tickets from the hotel we were staying in. We spent about an hour inside, there's plenty to see if your into maritime life and sailing. What I did enjoy was scrambling around the three or four floating exhibits they had on the water. It was interesting to see how life was on a working vehicle. If someone like me could spend a couple if hours here, someone who's really interested in maritime adventures would live it here.
Written July 30, 2018
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Nick F
Ipswich, UK134 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
A large indoor exhibition of various types of boats from around the world. Well presented with historical facts, videos and models. AND actual boats to climb aboard and explore. They show how little space crews members had and the dangers they faced. Mind your head!
Written September 15, 2016
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Micheal J
Manchester, UK76 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
The museum is in two parts, with one ticket giving access to both. On land, there are different kinds of small boats, from historic to exotic. On the water there are ships, most of which can be visited. Everything is very well presented, and gives a very good impression of when Douarnenez was sardine central in the early 20th century. The nearby bar tabac on the quay does good coffee, and has a very welcoming golden retriever.
Written September 5, 2016
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sladen70
Buckingham, UK2 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Can easily spend a most of a day here - museum really interesting and the outdoor exhibits are just fab -climb all over three boats and take your life in your hands on all the step ladders and steps. We had lunch at quite a reasonable creperie next door before tackling the boats.

Entry fee includes audio guide if required. Outdoor boats not suitable for mobility-challenged or very young.
Written August 24, 2014
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