Port Museum/Musee Portuaire Dunkerque


9 quai de la Citadelle
59140 Dunkirk
Tel: 00 33 (0)328 63 33 39
Web: www.museeportuaire.com

Open: Daily (except Tuesday) 10am to 12.45pm and 1.30pm to 6pm (10am to 6pm July and August)
Closed: New Year’s Day, Christmas Day and bank holidays.
Entry: 7.5 euros Adults


Located within a former old tobacco warehouse, this quayside Museum presents the history of Dunkerque and the everyday lives of the men and the women who worked there.

Follow the interactive exhibition to better understand the spectacular development of the port, from the modest fishing village, to the industrial and commercial port, which now extends to 17km in length.

Finish the visit by discovering the maritime gallery which presents an exceptional collection of model ships representative of naval architecture, from the 18th century schooner, to the modern gigantic container ships.

Tied up alongside the museum, several old ships are in the process of being restored or are already open to visitors. The jewel in the crown is the superb three-master tall ship, the Duchesse Anne, which dates back to 1901 as a German naval training boats and is the only tall ship you can visit in France. Go on board, admire the decks, the common living quarters where original hammocks still hang, the private accommodation for the higher ranked and the ornate bell.