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Travel through the history of Saint-Nazaire

Heritage Museum Ecomusée

Travel through time and discover the incredible destiny of a town which was built twice in one century.

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A unique heritage

The Ecomusée, located on the banks of the Loire estuary, is a museum about the historic, industrial and maritime heritage of Saint-Nazaire and its surrounding area. Original documents and collections tell the story of a city which has always opened unto the world. Scale models, paintings, posters, photos, technical objects such as a lighthouse lens, a foghorn or shipbuilding tools, bear witness to  the saga of Saint-Nazaire.

From prehistoric times to the 21st century

Ecomusée de Saint-Nazaire, salle d'exposition permanente

The permanent exhibition develops the main themes of Saint-Nazaire’s history, from prehistoric times to the 21st century. Scale models of ships, of the shipyard and of the harbour site tell the story of how the harbour was created in the middle of the 19th century, and how its activities developed spectacularly.

Saint-Nazaire’s shipbuilding and aeronautical industry is also present, for example with scale models of the first seaplanes, built here in the 1920’s and 30’s (these models were purpose-built for the wind tunnel tests).

The history of the city itself is fascinating. Pre-war Saint-Nazaire was a symbol of a thriving industry, harbour activities and social progress. As a stronghold of the German army, the town was heavily bombed during World War 2, and had to be almost entirely rebuilt in the 1950’s and 60’s.

The museum has been awarded the quality label “Musée de France” by the French ministry of Culture.


It also has obtained the national quality award Qualité Tourisme.

How to get there?

Saint-Nazaire, Ville-Port, avenue de Saint-Hubert. Car parks nearby.

Public transport. – The nearest bus stops are rue de la Paix + 20 minutes walk, Hélyce line (every day) ; Petit Maroc + 8 minutes walk, U4 line (from Monday to Saturday).



2019 Opening times

Last admission 45 minutes before the advertised closing time.


How much?

2019 prices
Full Reduced* Children age 4-17
5 € 4 € 2,50 €

* Reduced price (ID required): students, unemployed, disabled persons and accompanying person.

Free entry on the first Sunday of the month (except July and August).



Self-guided tour, approx. 45 minutes.

See conditions for groups.



Disabled visitors have access to the ground floor only.