Favorite museums of Honfleur!

Moving right along my last trip to the wonderful port city of Honfleur in Calvados dept 14 of Normandy, let me show you again some of my favorite museums in the city. I , again, have written bits and pieces on them before but just need to do justice to them and tell you a bit more with latest photos.

Therefore ,here is my take and the official sites information on the Museums of Honfleur!

Composer, pianist, but also adept of painting and literature, Erik Satie corresponds to the honfleuraise identity. His compositions are both simple and ambitious, light and profound, in the image of the city that saw him born in 1866. Ironically, as he entered the Conservatoire de musique de Paris in 1879, his teachers did not give much of his musical career. However, the composer will collaborate with the greatest artists of his time such as Picasso, Picabia, Cocteau,etc  and influence among the greatest such as Debussy, Ravel or Stravinsky. It is the atypical history of this extraordinary artist that you will discover in this Museum, housed in his home. Instead of offering us a prefabricated environment, the Maisons Satie physically transport us to the composer’s very special universe-sometimes disturbing-with audacity and intelligence, so that, as the pieces come along, we actually have the impression of the spirit of Satie. A total immersion and a unique experience, which emerges enchanted and permeated by the poetry of the artist. As long as you know how to seize this moment, the urge is to prolong and enrich your culture. Maisons SATIE;   67, Boulevard Charles-V and 90, rue Haute. Interesting.



You see paintings of Eugène Boudin himself and the painters of the 19C. The paintings, evolving from the dark romanticism of Isabey to the luminous clarity of Monet, evoke the atmosphere of the encounters at the Auberge Saint-Simeon, located not far from Honfleur, above the beach, where the artists came to find the light of the Norman skies, water and gardens. The works of Eugène Boudin are surrounded by those of the friends: Monet, Dubourg, Courbet, Jongkind to name but a few. Two spaces present the 92 works of Eugène Boudin ;paintings and drawings currently preserved here. In one are grouped the pastels, skies, views of Honfleur, scenes at the Auberge Saint-Simeon. In the other, oil paintings, beaches, portraits, landscapes and Marines. Other rooms offer a journey through the more contemporary painting dedicated to artists of the 20C who lived or worked in Honfleur and Normandy: Vallotton, Marais, Dufy, Marquet, Cappiello and the painters of the school of Rouen. Musée Eugéne BOUDIN, Place Erik-Satie. Sublime !




The Naval Museum or Musée de la Marine is in the old church of St. Stephen (St Etienne), on the edge of the old basin. Quai Saint Etienne. Built in the 14C, the Church of Saint-Etienne is the oldest in the city. Dedicated to the cult until the French revolution, it then served as a store, theatre and trading stock before hosting the sale of the large herring from 1802 to 1809.  Its steeple, ruined, was demolished in 1808. After 1809, it served as the real warehouse of customs until 1897 when it was ceded to the society of old Honfleur (Société du Vieux Honfleur) which restored it, had the bell tower re-erected, raised a grandstand, made stained glass and exhibited some of its collections from 1899. The old society of Honfleur site is here for members only give you a glimpse of it not a member. Société du Vieux Honfleur


It was in 1976 that the historical and maritime collections were transferred from the Ethnography mansion to the Saint-Etienne Church. The models, engravings, and exhibits are the fruit of many gifts and bequests. All of them testify to the activities of the seafarers and the Honfleur society in the 18-19C such as fishing, naval constructions, the great trade, the popular crafts linked to the sea ,etc… The history and topography of the port are illustrated by a large collection of drawings, engravings, paintings or watercolours from the 18-19C.  In the Choir, you can admire a very beautiful model of the “Saint Bernadette”, witness of the local fishing of Honfleur at the beginning of the last century. In the nave, a stretcher on which was presented the blessed bread offered in this church by the codfish captains upon their return from Newfoundland. Very nice indeed, and if need to choose this one would be my favorite in Honfleur!


Some webpages on information on these museums are

City of Honfleur on the Museums

City of Honfleur dedicated site on the Museums

Tourist office of Honfleur on the Museums

There you go a culturally interesting way to visit this old town by the sea, many famous came here and still do why not you! We love it and I hope to transmit this love in my posts on Honfleur. Magical Normandy and museums to indulge in culture and history of the place.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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