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“Expensive unless you visit Tour Solidor also”
Review of Musee du Chateau

Musee du Chateau
Ranked #2 of 18 Tours in Saint-Malo
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Owner description: A museum on the history of this small coastal city, with exhibits on its famous residents, such as Jacques Cartier.
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“Expensive unless you visit Tour Solidor also”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

The Musee du Chateau focuses on the nautical history of St Malo, and has many interesting exhibits of ship-related items from some hundreds of years ago. There are also many model ships and paintings of ships.

The most interesting room is devoted to the Breton cod-fishing industry in the 19th and early 20th century. There are artifacts from the fishing ships as well as photographs of the sailors and explanation of the work the sailors carried out.

It is possible to visit the museum if you don't speak French as you can get an English leaflet at the reception desk, but you will enjoy the visit more if you can read French as there are some very interesting explanations of the exhibits in French within the display cases.

The entry ticket in May 2012 was 6 euros. This is expensive for the size of the museum, but it also gives you entry to the Tour Solidor in St Servan, so if you visit both museums, it works out good value for money.

Visited May 2012
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“Excellent museum with a great view at the top.”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

The view from the tower is worth the price of admission alone. The museum holds a nice collection of maritime artifacts. We had to pass through quite quickly due to the late hour of the day but we still thoroughly enjoyed this museum.

Visited October 2011
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“Good museum. Maybe needs a slight lift?”
Reviewed November 17, 2011

I went on a mid-November afternoon and during my hour looking round saw no other visitors. The receptionist was friendly and helpful, the ticket about £5.
The exhibits are arranged on about five floors and include an external watch tower level near the roof obeying good views. I have basic French but sometimes struggled with the explanatory notes and labels. The rooms are a bit dark, not unpleasant and maybe to protect exhibits but cast an unnecessary gloomy ambience. There was plenty of space, everything was in good condition, well presented and I could follow the sequences especially through the eighteenth century and the stuff about the 'discovery' of Canada. Overall the museum kept me interested and I left knowing and understanding more. Not sure it would maintain the interest of many children which is a pity.

Visited November 2011
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