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Maritime Museum

Walk along the preserved decks of these historic vessels and find out about their significant roles in French maritime history.

The exhibits of the Maritime Museum are presented on three boats next to La Rochelle’s old port. Learn about the vessels, which are historic monuments that are part of the museum. From outside, view several other boats on display.

Climb aboard the France I, which is a meteorological ship from the 1950s. Learn about its systems for verifying weather data and trolling the seas more than half a century ago. Look around the Angoumois, which was among the last fishing trawlers in the industry. Find out about the fishing trade in the La Rochelle area.

The third boat that is part of the main museum is the Saint-Gilles, which is famous for being the last French boat to function with a reversible engine. Spend hours browsing these ships to feel as if you are stepping back in time to an earlier era of the maritime industry. Talk to the guides about the lives and stories of the sailors who used these boats.

Capture photos of the five other vessels on display that are not available to board. Learn about their intriguing stories. For example, Bernard Moitessier became the first man to sail solo around the world on a ketch, the Joshua. See other boats that date back to the early 1900s.

Enjoy fine local seafood at the Bar du France 1 on the top deck of the ship. Try crepes, ice cream and oysters.

The museum is open between April and September from morning until evening. There is an admission fee with discounts for students, families and visitors under 16 years.

Find Maritime Museum just south of the old port in La Rochelle. It is about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) south of the center of the city. Combine your visit with a trip to the nearby Aquarium La Rochelle to see underwater life. Use one of several parking lots within walking distance.

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