Located in the heart of the historic port, the Musée portuaire welcomes the public in the friendly atmosphere of an old tobacco warehouse.
The museum’s collections illustrate the history of the port of Dunkirk and its spectacular evelopment, from a small fishing village at the start of the second millenium to the vast industrial and commercial port that is spread over 17 km of shore. Old pictures, photographs and extracts of letters evoke the men and women whoses lives were intimately linked with the port : Icelandic fishermen, dockers, long-haul sailors, etc. The displaying of the activities and trades of today allows the public to understand the present role of the port, an essential link in the chain of world transport and a place for trade and perpetual movement.
The museum’s collection also includes several old ships which witness the activity of a port. Some of them can be visited, for instance the three-master Duchesse Anne (1901), the light-ship Sandettie (1948) or the barge Guilde (1929) and its exhibition “Going with the current ”.
Opening hours :
Every day, except Tuesdays, from 10.00 to 12.45 and 13.30 to 18.00. In July and August, from 10.00 to 18.00, 7 days a week.
Annual closing days : 1 January, the Monday
before Shrove Tuesday, 1 May and 25 December.
9 quai de la Citadelle
Tel (0033) 328633339
Fax (0033) 328650662 email@example.com