Paris Travel Planner   Musée de la Marine, Paris, France
The beautiful Palais de Chaillot is home to Paris's fascinating museum of maritime history.

 Siren, Musée de la Marine, Paris
Above, Siren from the frigate La Naïade, 1779.



The Palais de Chaillot, with its large halls and high ceilings, is perfectly suited for a museum that includes some very large exhibits. The Musée National de la Marine occupies one wing of this beautiful building and tells a fascinating story of maritime history.

As you enter the first room, you're immediately greeted by Napoléon's Imperial Barge, built for the Emperor in 1810.

Napoleon's barge, Musee de la Marine, Paris

Next to it is the smaller, but no less impressive, prow of Marie Antoinette's pleasure barge, which she used at Versailles.

Throughout the Musée de la Marine you'll find a variety of ship models, from historic to more current, showing some of the growth and evolution of marine transport and of marine battles and equipment. In addition, there are rooms full of excellent paintings of maritime scenes. Many are by Joseph Vernet, who lived from 1714 to 1789.

The Musée de la Marine is in the Passy Wing of the Palais de Chaillot, along with the Musée de l'Homme. The other wing, called the Paris Wing, is occupied by the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine—Musée de Monuments Français. You can easily combine a visit to one of the other museums along with one to the Musée de la Marine.

And as you walk from one to the other, you can enjoy the terrace and the wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower, just across the river.

Paris Museum Pass accepted. Closed Tuesdays.

Métro: Trocadéro
Bus: 22, 30, 32, 63, 72, 82

Musée National de la Marine
Palais de Chaillot
17, Place du Trocadero
75116 Paris, France
+33 (0) 53 65 69 53

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Ship model, Musee de la Marine, Paris

Above, 1/18 scale model of Le Royal Louis,
from the mid 18th century.

Below, Prow from Marie Antoinette's
pleasure boat, Versailles.

Marie-Antoinette's boat prow, Musee de la Marine, France

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