Navy Museum, Toulon

The museum retraces the history of the arsenal of Toulon and welcomes its visitors by the former monumental gate of the arsenal.


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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.

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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Toulon - History Museum

The museum aims to explain how Toulon became the largest military port in the Mediterranean basin from the reign of Lou

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Toulon - Practical Information

September - May every day except Tuesday from 10h to 18h.

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