Idea for a visit to Brest: the National Maritime Museum
A unique heritage that bears witness to 17 centuries of history
Located 10 minutes from our Best Western hotel in Brest, the National Maritime Museum is a must to visit in Brest. Discover all the history of the French Navy and its relationship with the city of Brest.
The history of the Royale and the French Navy
The National Maritime Museum is housed inside the Château de Brest, the oldest historical monument in Brest. In themed rooms, this museum explains the history of the French Navy and that of the city of Brest as well as their links through 17 centuries of naval history.
400 years of maritime adventures to discover
Through the maritime collections, browse through the entire history of the Brest Arsenal and the large fleets. Discover masterpieces of naval decoration, paintings, sculptures (including busts of famous and mythological characters), historical objects from the excavations of the Lapérouse expedition and the lives of prisoners. You will also be able to discover the models of current ships.
A place turned towards the sea with sublime viewpoints
You will appreciate the richness of the collections in this museum, which is worth a visit both inside and outside. From the museum, you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the bay of Brest and the city. On the architectural side, admire the Gallo-Roman foundations, Vauban's fortifications and the curtain walls for a journey through history.
Count about 2 hours to go around the museum. Take advantage of your stay in Brest to also visit Oceanopolis; your museum ticket offers you the reduced rate and vice versa!
Château de Brest
Boulevard de la Marine
Dates & opening hours:
From April to September: open every day from 10am to 6.30pm