Port Louis - Marine Museum

Located on the Atlantic entrance of the Narrows, which controls the port of Lorient, the citadel of Port Louis is a fascinating site.

Rescue © National Maritime Museum / A.Fux


Rescue at sea and oceans treasures

The National Maritime Museum presents there a fine collection of boats, weapons and historical models. The course and its two thematic areas: rescue at sea and oceans treasures make it a museum pole of the first order.

The citadel of Port Louis, one of the most beautiful French coast, is an impressive building, a site to share marked by the events of Breton history of XVIe and XVIIe centuries. From its ramparts, offers visitors a unique view on Lorient harbor and the island of Groix. The museum space is boosted by two theme routes:

  • The first, unique in France, and particularly moving, is dedicated to the rescue. The first boats with sails and oars ocean tugs and helicopter, he recounts the exemplary brotherhood of the maritime world, it reflects the incredible courage of the men and the evolution of rescue techniques, objects, tools and memories, an exceptional piece of 1897 the Philippian Kerhallet and impressive audiovisual.
  • The area of ​​ocean treasures invites to a journey into the depths of the seas. The magnificent gift Franck Goddio, the significant funds Mauritius joined the old collections of the museum offered the rare opportunity to make a major hub on the theme of underwater archeology. Preliminary research in archives in search operations at the site, the visitor sets out to discover methods and advanced techniques. Soundscape and movies complete the immersion in abysmal universe.

The museum's collections

The Department of Conservation has to manage mission, study and enrichment of the Navy National Museum collections.

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Port Louis - History of the museum

The Citadel is an imposing building, marked by the events of Breton history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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Port Louis - Useful Information

October-April: every day: 13h30-18h. Closed on Tuesdays

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