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Memory of the arsenal of Toulon
Created at the end of the First Empire, the National Museum of the Marine of Toulon is installed next to the Tower of the Clock of the arsenal. A true memory of the arsenal of Toulon, which preserves the majestic monumental gate (1738), the museum preserves and exhibits an exceptional collection of models of vessels, as well as a galley model.
Relying on its rich collections, inherited the expertise of the men of the arsenal since the second half of the XVIIe century, the museum offers in a pedagogical and attractive way a human and technical history accessible to all. Among the must-see: a space dedicated to the ropework built according to the plans of Vauban, the large models of instruction, aged 250 years, figures of prow and decorations of stern, often last witnesses of the ships of the time , the model of the extraordinary galley Dauphine and the space devoted to the prison of Toulon. On the first floor are presented a focus on the scuttling of the Fleet in November 1942 first and then the Navy of today, developed around submarines and aircraft carriers.