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Museums and tourist attractions

Whether you are in a distinctive hotel from the 18th century, on a boat, in one of the biggest private aquariums in Europe, in scenery recreated to size, in real bustling wineries or castles; La Rochelle’s museums and tourist attractions in the heart of La Rochelle and the surrounding area take you on incredible journeys to the heart of science, art, history and nature... Now boarding!

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Francis Giraudon
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Headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce from 1760 to 2002. Building of the purest 18th century with two wings joined by a gallery with columns marking out a courtyard where the compass rose on the ground and bas-reliefs on the façade (trophies, anchors, oars, sextants) are tributes to maritime traffic, the source of La...

Francis Giraudon
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Rebuilt in the 18th century on the site of the former Courthouse erected by Henry IV, it was completed at the beginning of the Revolution which, after scraping away the fleur-de-lys, inscribed the still visible inscription on the façade: "Temple of Justice under the reign of Liberty and Equality, year II of the French...

MUSEUM D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
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The “Museum of France” is a place for conservation, presentation and the exchange of knowledge. With its 2500 m², the museum takes you to the heart of natural and cultural heritage with nearly 10,000 specimens and objects from naturalist and ethnographic collections from Africa, the Americas and Oceania, assembled since...

CLOITRE DES DAMES BLANCHES
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In the XVII° century the Récollets, Franciscans who settled in La Rochelle after the Great Siege of 1628 built their convent from a large parcel of land. After the Revolution the "Dames Blanches", a women's religious order settled in the convent. In 1988 the town bought the convent and later on the Communauté...

MUSEE DE L'AUTOMOBILE
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About 1000m², discover the incredible collection of the museum of the automobile of Ciré d'Aunis: more than 60 vehicles dating from 1912 to 1973, enamelled plates, pumps with essence ... a real jump in the time! Open from May 1st to October 30th, every day from 2pm to 7pm. Prices : 8 € for adults Free for children under...

Francis Giraudon
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Since the 13th century, the port of La Rochelle has occupied this location. It is likely that from the beginning it was fortified. The remaining towers date from the 14th and 15th centuries. They survived the destruction of the enclosure after the siege of 1628. On either side of the entrance are the Saint-Nicolas Tower, the...

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