Phrenology © National Maritime Museum / Bécot
Unique place in France
The School of Naval Medicine Rochefort was founded in 1722. It's the first in the world. For more than 240 years, she trains the surgeons onboard the warships. In 1788, she moved into a pavilion of the new maritime hospital, then one of the most modern of the Kingdom, where it is still located. Rochefort health officers are actively involved in exploration trips around the world. The collections of human anatomy, ethnography and natural history as well as the library grow and are organized on the three levels of the building.
The school stands today as it was in the mid-nineteenthe century. Strong and moving place, it opens on a dense history which combines science, technique, politics and society.
The dockyard of Rochefort is now a heritage site of European importance. Several players are now helping to revive: Hermione, Royal rope, service heritage and museums of the city, Marine Museum, Department of Defense history. All are complementary and call for a rich and varied tour. Within this network, where exchanges are numerous, the Marine Museum draws on its rich collections: all objects from the arsenal are considered as so many witnesses who tell their stories, our history.