Fishing museum at Concarneau!

I bring you back to my beloved Bretagne in my belle France. I have written several posts on the fortified town of Concarneau in the dept 29 of Finistére. Here there is a nice fishing boating museum I like to tell you more about it ok, hope you enjoy it.

This is one of those towns you would like to visit and visit , nothing espectacular, just a strange attraction to the old and quaint and airy. It is about a an hour from me along quaint old departemental roads close to the ocean.

Not to missed the wonderul musée de la pêche or fishing museum with wonderful collection of boat models in scale and paintings sea fishing items, lovely  and only 4,50€  on the main street of the ville close rue de Vauban. A beautiful heritage we love to visit and preserve, hope you too enjoy the seas and nature.

Concarneau

Concarneau

It has been installed since 1961 in the old arsenal on rue Vauban. In 1961, the association Les Amis du Musée de la Pêche was created. The same year, the museum was inaugurated. It is the first French museum to devote itself to fishing techniques from around the world. An extension and development program has taken place, which now allows the museum to offer a 1,500 m2 tour circuit. It obtained the official label of “Musée de France” in February 2003.

Concarneau

The museum’s collection was gradually built up at a pivotal moment in the history of the city and its port. From the beginning, donations flowed, mainly from the local population. A large part of the collection was collected between 1961 and 1970.

The visit begins with a presentation which retraces the history of fishing from prehistory to the present day. The museum then presents aquariums. A complete panorama of 1500 m2 of fishing techniques is also presented, illustrated by numerous models of boats, plans, explanatory diagrams,fish conservation, videos and dioramas. A room is entirely dedicated to trawling.

The Musée de la Pêche or Fishing Museum ashore has a coelacanth from the Comoros, Le Neptune François ; collection of nautical charts dating from Colbert, published in 1693, a coracle ,the oldest active fishing boat; a machine for sewing sails dating from 1889 ,there are only 3 in France!; a collection of sardine cans; a rowing lifeboat, the Commandant-Garreau . TheCommandant-Garreau is a lifeboat named after its donor, a frigate captain who offered it to the Grandcamp rescue station in 1894. Built by the Augustin Normand shipyard in Le Havre, this long canoe 10.10 m and 2.27 m wide, weighing 3.6 tonnes, equipped to be armed by 12 men including ten boaters in pairs, rescued among others the 7 men of the English three-masted Chrisolite in 1915 and the 6 sailors of the sloop Deux Frères, of Grangcamp, in 1922. This boat was bought in 1957 by the Nautical Center of the Glénans and used, after transformation, by the trainees of the said center under the name of Grand-chose. In 1986, it was bought by the Fishing Museum where it was restored, and where it is still exhibited under its original name. The museum afloat has the l’Hémérica, a semi-industrial trawler built in 1957, which can be visited.

Concarneau

Concarneau

Concarneau

Since May 2019, a new space dedicated to families has opened. The immersive room, at the end of the tour, offers interactive and fun devices to experience the world of fishing. If you opt for a guided tour, one of its strong points will be free access to the Hémérica, from the hold to the wheelhouse (a 34-meter trawler anchored at the museum quay). For children, passionate about the maritime world, it is possible to celebrate their birthday at the museum from 5 years old. For teens, they can opt for a murder party for a unique evening at the museum.

The museum regularly receives exhibitions, offers educational workshops and guided tours for children. During the school holidays, workshops are also organized. Receptions, seminars, meetings or others can take place there, in the library or in the museum rooms.

The Musée de la Pêche or Fishing Museum occupies buildings steeped in history (the oldest date from the 16C): a chapel and a barracks which served in turn as a municipal school, fishing school and maritime cooperative.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and worth it are

For reference the tourist office of Concarneau  on things to do and see there  in English: http://tourismeconcarneau.fr/decouvrir-en/

And the tourist office with the museum info here:  http://tourismeconcarneau.fr/?page_id=7554

Official site for the fishing museum or musée de la pêche in English is here: https://www.musee-peche.fr/fr/infos-english-musee-peche

And yes , there is still a wonderful fishing harbor here to bring us the best from the sea, a seafarer delights like me! https://www.concarneau.fr/ville/vie-portuaire/vie-portuaire/le-port-de-peche

And a beautiful marina harbor site with gorgeous photos of the ville close or enclosed city of Concarneau: https://www.port-plaisance-concarneau.fr/

Enjoy Concarneau as we do, and do visit it is worth the detour . And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

3 Comments to “Fishing museum at Concarneau!”

  1. I always like a fishing museum. There is a fine one here in Grimsby.

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  2. I visited the musée de la pêche a few years ago; very interesting.

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