"Pretty little boats : Musee de la Marine" Paris Off The Beaten Path Tip by mariev
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I was dragged there by two 12 years old boys on a rainy day and...loved it.
Heir of the former royal museum - founded in 1748 and previously situated in the Louvre (and now in the Palais de Chaillot, just beside the Musee de l'Homme since 1937). The Musee de la Marine was a nice surprise for me.
I was expecting a 'boys' toys' place and no - the large (or seemingly large - the museum is far from huge), modern, airy (with an upturned 'boat' as ceiling), place presents superb models, some large, some tiny, from Christophe Colomb's era to modern submarines (btw, if you want to enter a 'real' submarine, you have to go to the Cite de Sciences in La Villette).
OK, the emphasis is slightly on military boats (the collections belong to the defense minister) but a large place is made for famous explorations (not only Colomb, but La Perouse, Charcot, ...) and scientific research.
Another interesting point is that you can see the restaurers (many pieces you can admire are a couple of centuries old) working in their glass room at the end of the ground floor.
Address : Palais de Chaillot - 17, place du Trocadero - 75116 Paris
Open wednesday to monday - from 10h to 18h
The musee de la marine has 'subdivisions' closer from the sea : in Brest, Port-Louis, Toulon and Rochefort.
Phone: 01 53 65 69 53
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