The most maritime museum in France
The Port Museum is a Musée de France (recognised French public interest museum). It is France’s most maritime museum, boasting a national reference collection. Located in an old cannery on the Port-Rhu in Douarnenez, it has over 2800m² of permanent and temporary exhibitions in its dockside space.
At first glance, the museum stands out for its collection and the amazing feat of preserving its exhibits: around ten thousand objects connected to the maritime world, collections of works by Breton photographers (Michel Thersiquel, Félix and Nicole Le Garrec), and above all over 280 boats. There are boats of all sizes, with diverse purposes and origins, including a modest dugout canoe from Guinea-Bissau, a factory ship measuring over thirty metres (typical of the thirty-year post-war boom) and work boats dating back to the 19th century.
Every year, visitors can enjoy two vast temporary exhibitions.
Right near the museum is a port infrastructure composed of piers and pontoons, where large historical museum boats are moored. Visitors can board 4 large boats and discover them from the deck to the hold, finding out about their history and the lives of their crews.
During the French school holidays, there are lots of activities for all.