La Cité de la Mer

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Come to Cherbourg and experience La Cité de la Mer, located in Normandy within the stunning former transatlantic liner terminal dating from the 1930’s. Its ambition is to let you explore the fantastic human adventure of the conquest of the ocean's great depths.

Titanic and Emigration

New from April 2020: Titanic, Artifacts and stories. Discover some artifacts found in the wreck of the legendary liner Titanic.

Titanic, Return to Cherbourg. Relive the unique crossing of the Titanic. Follow the route of 50 million emigrants in the stately Baggage Hall during the great history of European emigration to the New World.

Cité de la Mer 2020 poster

The Ocean of the Future

La Cité de la Mer's new epic adventure from 2019 is a declaration of love for the most beautiful, intelligent and fragile thing on earth: the sea!

Be immersed in spectacular multimedia spaces, as you travel through a dazzling underwater adventure and discover the origins of life inside a drop of water! You can also go down through a 15-metre-high water column surrounded by a dazzling ballet of beautiful sea creatures.

Dive down to the ocean depths to meet the fantastical creatures, and discover the last wild expanses on the planet. Existing six thousand metres below the surface discover the mysterious world of the deep-sea trenches, the final frontier, bounded by dizzily high mountains and mega volcanoes.

After admiring the legendary wrecks resting on the sea bed, create your own seafood menu in the Jules Verne saloon, choosing from the treasures to be found in the sea in Normandy.

Unmissable: Le Redoutable

You can also try your hand at being a submariner as you embark onto the submarine Le Redoutable, the jewel of the French Navy. It's the largest submarine open to the public in the world!

Audio guided tour available from 5 years old. Two versions: family and expert, in French and English, German, Dutch, Spanish or Italian.

The great gallery of men and machines

Here you'll find a unique collection of submarines and other manned-craft that have been used to explore the depths by deep sea divers throughout history.

Finally, be part of a one-hour long virtual mission into the unexplored underwater world with the attraction "Walking into the depths”.

2 films:

  • 20 days for Cherbourg - About the liberation of Cherbourg during the Second World War and the exhibition "Cherbourg 1944… and freedom came from the sea" about this battle of the 20 days in Cotentin during D-Day landing.
  • When the sea tells about Normandy - About the cross history of Normandy and the sea, from Vikings until today.
Places to visit nearby

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.

Nearby attractions

Cherbourg has been an important naval base since the 19th century and it was Napoleon himself who pushed for Cherbourg to be a major transatlantic port by creating large artifical breakwaters.

Leaving from the Pont Tournant, the Adèle operate various boat trips in the summer. Daily boat trips with a commentary can be taken around the harbour.

Cherbourg's markets are mainly held in the Place du Gaulle, which is named after the great French hero and has, at different times in history, been known as Castle Square and Freedom Square.