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Right along side the Vieux Bassin and tucked into the 14th Century church of St.-Etienne is the Marine Museum. The varied models and watercolors by local artist, Leon Leclerc, paint a nice picture of the fishing and other seagoing enterprises of Honfleur. One of the more interesting pieces is a litter on which consecrated bread was offered to the sailors returning from fishing expeditions to Newfoundland. There is also a large relief looking painting depicting a battle in the harbor with who else but the pesky British arrayed in force.

Beside the museum runs the rue de la Prison on which is the Museum of Ethnography which has several rooms of good displays depicting the daily life in the 18th and 19th Centuries in Normandy. Lots of furniture, clothes, books and household items. There is also an old prison cell in the lower floor. I am not the first to have my photo taken looking out the barred window of the cell.

Admission times are Tues-Sun 10:00-12:00 and 14:30-17:30 with some shortened hours in the winter. You can pay singly for the museums but admission to both is less than 5 Euro for adults, 2.60 for children (under 10 are free).

Address: Quai St. Etienne
Directions: Just on the north side of the basin beside the Hotel de Ville.
Phone: 0231891412

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 6, 2007
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