The Musée National de la Marine is housed in the Hôtel de Cheusses (one of the oldest buildings in Rochefort) once home to naval captains. This structure has born witness to life at the Rochefort Arsenal from its founding by Louis XIV until it closed definitively in 1927. Tools, paintings, weapons, scale models of old ships and machines, and numerous other items tell a fascinating story of human adventure. Techniques are depicted and explained, as are political considerations, military strategies, living conditions aboard ship and in the Arsenal, scientific explorations, and beautiful figureheads. The museum is not only essential to understanding Rochefort's Arsenal, but lets one imagine what long ocean voyages were once like.
Everyday from February to April, and from October to December from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Everyday from May to September from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Closed on May 1st and December 25th, and for the whole month of January.
Everyday at 4.00 p.m.: "Les clés de l'arsenal" to know everything about the naval dockyards.
From June 15th to September 15th, every Wednesday at 7.00 p.m.: "Les Murs ont des oreilles" : come and listen to the life of a Navy Officer and know all about the stories and the History of the arsenal.
Prices: Adults: 5,50€, reduced price: 4€, under 26 years old: free.
For guided tours add 3€ to the entrance fee.
Two sites for one ticket: Musée National de la Marine + Ancienne Ecole de Médecine Navale
Adults: 8€, reduced price, carte sésame: 6€, under 26 years old: free.