Maritime Museum Castle overlooking the sea

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Subscriber recommended by the Brest Métropole Océane tourist office

Rue du Château
29200 Brest

Tel: 02 98 22 12 39
Email : brest@musee-marine.fr

A great part of French naval history is to be found at the Castle of Brest, with all its past and potential for emotion. Become a privileged witness to the great naval adventure, whether it be on a national, Breton, or Brest scale. Follow seventeen centuries of eventful history as you tour the exhibition halls and enjoy the walks outside.

 

•                        Become a witness to a great adventure

Built on Gallo Roman foundations dating from the 3rd century, the Castle of Brest was completed by Vauban in the 17th century. Its actual extension is comprised of a very interesting architectural group, making it an important tourist attraction in Brittany.

•                         Experiencing the enthusiasm of a whole population

The keep houses old collections reminding us of the age-old relationship between the city and the Navy: heroism, traditions, famous sailors, etc. The Madeleine tower gives us a glimpse of the modern Navy from the 19th-century to present-day.

•                        Penetrating the heart of the past

•                             1752-1793: The Royal Naval Academy of Brest

In the middle of the 18th century, a group of officers founded the Royal Naval Academy. Renowned for its mainly Brest-based members and the only Academy in France devoted exclusively to the Navy and its crew, it has a spirit of great intellectual and scientific emulation. The innovations shown opened the route to a profound technological change in the Navy. Among them we can see the direct foundations of the technological skills centre represented by Brest and its region today.

•                             1748-1948: Brest penal colony

Following on from the ‘Corps des galères' (French Navy officer corps), the prison was erected in the Brest Arsenal according to the plans by Choquet de Lindu. A huge 235 metre long building, opened between 1751 and 1858, imprisoned several thousand convicts, who were used as a labour force to work on the harbour and city, creating their own specific craftsmanship. Disused from the second half of the 19th century, the building was razed in 1948.

•                             Brest Arsenal and modern naval construction

Brest Arsenal flourished during the Second Empire, when the first bridge linking the two banks of Penfeld was opened in 1861. Its destruction, resulting from the Second World War bombardments, was to change the urban landscape completely.

Opening hours

Horaires d'hiver (1er octobre au 31 mars) - Fermeture hebdomadaire le mardi hors vacances scolaires de la zone A Académie de Rennes

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13 h 30 - 18 h 30
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Horaires d'été (1er avril au 30 septembre) - Du 13 au 19 juillet Accès gratuit de 10h à 22h (dernière accès à 21h) sur présentation d'un billet des fêtes maritimes

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10 h 00 - 18 h 30
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Fermeture en janvier / le 1er mai et le 25 décembre

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Prices

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6€00 avec audio-guideGratuit4,50 €Moins de 26 ans

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