The museum is a centre for maritime culture. Its collections embrace every aspect of maritime history, from eighteenth-century models to heroic expeditions and the golden age of the ocean liner, ending with the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, and the acquisition and restoration of Eric Tabarly‘s Pen Duick V, which still sails today.
The Musée National de la Marine is anchored in Paris and in four ports, the historic sites of naval arsenals:
– Brest, inside the castle,
– Port-Louis, inside the citadel
– Rochefort, in Hôtel de Cheusses and the School of Naval Medicine
– Toulon, in the arsenal
Together, its six sites welcome more than 450,000 visitors in 2008.





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