Musée National de la Marine

Musée National de la Marine

Musée National de la Marine
4.5
Military MuseumsSpeciality Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wilfred W
Manchester, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
I visited this Museum in January 2024. There weren't too many people at this time. I spent some 1.5 hours there and paid EUR 6 for the ticket as far as I can remember. Very interesting museum, I also appreciated that they had audio available and you didn't actually need a paid guide. I'd recommend going in the morning though because when exiting, a queue was already forming.

Remarkable history, well illustrated and obviously quite concentrated on the navy. I would not recommend if you are not a fan (which, for my part, I am).
Written 22 January 2024
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World22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A very well made exhibition! The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. You could leave bags and belongings behind the counter. The museum had very clean toilets. The museum is in a beautiful building right next to the harbour. Tickets to the museum can be reserved online.

Some information in the displays was written in both English and French, but some information was only available in French.
Written 13 July 2023
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Barheat
Hamilton, Canada1,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The museum is well laid out with covering the history of the French navy from its beginning to modern ships. An audio headset provides commentary at each of the displays, just enter the number into the set. What I found most interesting was the model of the rope making building and the story behind it. The building was 400m long in order to manufacture ropes of that length. Ships of the line carried miles of rope to rig the sails.

Museum contains numerous paintings and models, some large models were used by the naval academy to train officers. The second floor is mainly dedicated to the 20th century navy.

A must see for any military history buff.
Written 29 December 2022
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This museum sits beside the Naval base accessed by the original doors of the Arsenal built in 1738. There’s a fair few exhibits here. Walk through an amazing array of naval equipment of all sorts, model ships, cannons, paintings and so much more as Toulon’s remarkable maritime history unfolds,
The way the port has changed over the years is displayed here and its role in the war. There are explanations of how they installed the heavy masts to the ships, where rope rigging was created and even where and how training was conducted. There’s a good free multilingual audio guide with your admission, so take advantage.
PS As you leave, do not take pictures of the Naval base - you will get in trouble - take it from me!!
PPS Cruise passengers get a nominal discount
Written 3 December 2022
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sharkey2014
Congleton, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
What a find! On the harbour close to the market area. Very reasonably priced and no extra charge for the device that tells you about what you are looking at. Very interesting museum and well presented.
Written 25 October 2022
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Well-organized, easy to follow explanation of birth, development, and modern day relevance of Toulon port. Wish there was more English.

Museum has a great story to tell and wealth of artifacts & models to tell it. Top-level narrative is wonderfully simple to follow on big, sequentially numbered placards with French, English, and German.

Unfortunately diving down beneath that top-level narrative one finds no translations. I’d have loved to learn more about many specific artifacts which are captioned only in French. A good audio guide is available, but it does not fill the gaps of this French-only content.

Hopefully museum will fully translate these wonderful exhibits such that international visitors can fully embrace Toulon’s maritime history.

VISITED: 24 November 2021
Written 6 December 2021
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E17_KJ
London, UK1,273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
Very interesting museum charting Toulon’s maritime history, right up to the present day. Located in an impressive building right next to the naval base.
Written 6 September 2021
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softers71
Reading, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Visited whilst in Toulon for a rugby game. Located right on the harbour front next to the Navy entrance. Paid about €6 to enter which included an audio commentary device set to your chosen language. One of the oldest Naval forces in the world. Very informative and exhibits very interesting. I found the early days of the Navy really interesting. Exhibits range from the early days of Toulon harbour to virtually present day with original carvings from ship building. If you are really interested in maritime naval history and want to experience it all allow 3-4 hours to get through it all. I would recommend to anyone.
Written 10 December 2019
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Thanks a lot for your commentary. We're happy you enjoyed the museum ! The museum's team
Written 12 December 2019
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Yair Bar Zohar
Qiryat Ata, Israel2,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This fascinating museum stands alongside the Clock of the Arms Warehouse, one of the only historic buildings that survived World War II in Toulon. At the National Maritime Museum you will see an impressive collection of ships, frigates, sailboats, submarines and many other things related to the city's maritime history.

Opening Hours: Wednesdays to Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How long should you visit? Between one and two hours.
Written 21 October 2019
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Meme R
Kenilworth, UK282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Popped in as passing

Lovely little museum lots of history. Get a handheld device which explains exhibits as go round

Nominal charge to enter
Written 25 September 2019
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