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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PALEOSITE
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10 minutes from Saintes, the Paléosite invites you to embark on a journey back to prehistoric times: life-size exhibition, shows on giant screens, 3D shows, facial morphing, full-body scan, etc. Outdoors, you’ll discover the Neanderthal and Homo sapiens villages, a mammoth cemetery, models and life-size animals. Prehistoric...

CHÂTEAU DE CRAZANNES
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Officially ranked as a historical monument, the Crazannes or "Puss in Boots" castle presents a remarkable, wholly sculpted facade. Inside, you will find varied furniture, woodwork, chimneys and a distinctly original sculpted ceiling. In the park, the donjon, moats, chapel and dovecote all recall the presence of an old medieval...

CITE DE L'HUITRE
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Situated on the Cayenne canal between the marshes and oyster farmer cabins, the oyster centre welcomes you to discover the world of oyster farming. Learn about the profession, the natural site, and a remarkable natural environment: 2 discovery sites, activities, exhibitions, games, cycling, traditional local cabin fishing,...

CHATEAU DE LA ROCHE COURBON
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Built in the 15th century, this fortified castle was transformed into a country residence in the 17th century by the marquis Jean-Louis de Courbon. 3-hour visit of a lived-in and furnished castle. PREHISTOZEN tour (from May to September) to discover the prehistoric caves in a wild natural setting.

ÉCOMUSÉE DU COGNAC
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1989 ... 2019 the Cognac Ecomuseum celebrates its 30th anniversary ... The Bel Age! June 29th and 30th, 2019: open doors, free admission, lots of entertainment Home on the family vineyard of XIX century. To see more than 800m ² of exhibitions : winegrower museum, audiovisual show (3 screenings a day in July / August), perfume...

CHATEAU DE DAMPIERRE SUR BOUTONNE
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A Renaissance-era gem, the Castle of Dampierre is ticked away in the Boutonne Valley amidst a scattering of little enchanted islands where classic French Flowerbeds, a maze, a blossoming poplar grove and a little wood await. the castle is a spectacular architectural feat, boasting a sculpted gallery carved with a mysterious...

MAISON DE LA MEUNERIE
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In Nieul-sur-l’Autise, Petite Cité de caractère, a few steps away from the royal abbey, discover the authentic and bucolic miller’s house. The place offers you a virtual meeting with the baker, the washerwomen, the miller, his daughter and his cat. A modern and surprising museography reveals all the secrets of the Maison...

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