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Finistère is blessed with many museums on every imaginable topic - almost!

Painting has its fair share of dedicated collections, in the Fine Arts Musées des Beaux-Arts in Quimper, Brest and Pont-Aven and in the curious house-based Musée Marie Henry in Le Pouldu.

Popular arts and archaeology can be found in the Musée Départemental Breton in Quimper and in Pont L’Abbé, fishing is explored in the Musée de la Pêche in Concarneau and in Haliotika in Le Guilvinec, while marine history is celebrated in Brest.

There are also places to learn about lighthouses such as the Musée des Phares et Balises on Ouessant Island, and a rather unique strawberry museum in Plougastel Daoulas, home of Brittany's most famous fraises.

Finally, be sure to visit Océanopolis in Brest which offers three pavillions showing Polar, Temperate and Tropical environments, a fantastic window on the underwater world and a very lively, must-see museum in a beautiful harbourside setting.

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29120 Saint-Jean-Trolimon - T. 02 98 82 13 45

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29217 Plougonvelin - T. 02 98 89 00 17

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29410 Le Cloître-Saint-Thégonnec - T. 02 98 79 73 45

At the foot of the Arrée mountains, this Wolf Museum - Musée du Loup – is the only one of its kind in France. It will help you learn more about this fascinating animal so different from the big bad wo...

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29610 Plouigneau - T. 02 98 79 85 80

Plouigneau boasts the top Ecomuseum in Finistère, retracing a century of rural history (1870-1970) through five zones: agriculture, farm buildings, the farm house, the old crafts, a classroom (1950) a...

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29560 Argol - T. 02 98 17 21 67

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29560 Argol - T. 02 56 04 81 59

Meet our team of passionate volunteers in a welcoming setting as they teach you about the crafts and trades of yesteryear represented in over 15 workshops: potter, linen and wool spinners, embroideres...

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29000 Quimper - T. 02 98 95 21 60

Founded in 1846, the museum occupies the former palace of the bishops of Cornouaille. It gives an overview of the popular and decorative arts in Finistère. The ground floor is devoted to prehistory an...

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29770 Audierne - T. 02 98 70 27 49

Opened in 2000, the Cap Sizun Maritime Museum offers two storeys of permanent collections that focus on local maritime life, from prehistoric times to the current day. Throughout the themed rooms, you...

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29160 Crozon - T. 02 98 27 93 60

The remarkable character of the military heritage on the Crozon Peninsula, with its wealth of fortifications, threads through history from Prehistoric times to the current day. Head off to learn more!...

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29760 Penmarch - T. 02 98 58 60 35

Head off to discover the traces of mankind from the origins of our very first ancestors in Finistère right up to the Early Middle Ages. Prehistoric Dolmen stones, standing stones, cut blocks, ceramic...

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29200 Brest - T. 02 98 22 12 39

The Château de Brest, steeped in 17 centuries of history, is home to the National Marine Museum. This fortress is the oldest monument in Brest. It testifies how the city's history has always been inex...

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29200 Brest - T. 02 98 00 87 96

In a building dating from the Reconstruction Era, the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts) opened its doors to the public in 1968, right in the centre of Brest. It is blessed with an original co...

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29252 Plouezoc'h - T. 02 98 67 24 73

Built 6,000 years ago, this monument is 75m long and 28m wide, and stands as a testament to an unexpected level of engineering know-how. Eleven corridor tombs are hidden within its titanic facade, som...

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29680 Roscoff - T. 02 98 61 25 48

From the 1800s, onion-sellers known as ‘Johnnies’ would cross the Channel every year to sell their wares in Britain. Near the port, in a small traditional Breton farm, this site retraces their steps, ...

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29950 Bénodet - T. 02 98 57 00 14

Permanent exhibition: Belle Plaisance and the birth of seaside tourism. Step into the early 1900s with this recreation of the pleasures of life by the sea. See the 1930s beach, hotel foyer, films, per...

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29100 Douarnenez - T. 02 98 92 65 20

The Port-musée is a museum dedicated to boats and people, inviting you to travel through various maritime cultures. On dry land, there are around 20 boats from all over the world, exhibitions, and a z...

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29710 Pouldreuzic - T. 02 98 51 53 76

The iconic blue-and-yellow packaging of Hénaff pâté is part of a cult for good food as well as being part of the Breton identity. From the life of the original Jean Hénaff to the latest news, photos, ...

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29840 Lanildut - T. 02 98 48 12 88

The centre is based on the leading algae port in Europe, and invites the public to dive into the fascinating world of algae in the Iroise Sea. It teaches visitors about the development of harvesting a...

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29470 Plougastel-Daoulas - T. 02 98 40 21 18

Stretching over 500m² this Strawberry and Heritage museum in Plougastel aims to bring to life the outfits (from 1820 onwards), traditions and history of the town, and to help visitors learn about the ...

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29880 Plouguerneau - T. 02 98 04 70 93

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29242 Ouessant - T. 02 98 48 86 37

The 'Maisons du Niou' are France's first eco-museum, managed by the Armorique Regional Nature Park. They display daily life on the island as it was until the mid-20th century: household layout, colour...

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29900 Concarneau - T. 02 98 97 10 20

Dive in to the world of fishing and discover a museum that is the only one of France. The 'Musée de la Pêche' fishing museum is a pioneering establishment when it comes to maritime heritage collection...

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29750 Loctudy - T. 09 65 19 61 57

This manor house has been fully furnished with 16th- and 18th-century items (kitchen, drawing rooms, dining room, billiard room, smoking room and library). The art of living in Brittany in the 19th ce...

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29160 Crozon - T. 02 98 27 19 73

A museum with various activities for those curious about nature. This year, we have a magnificent exhibition from photographer Raphaël Salzedo, called ‘Stone Ingenuity’. Come here, and get to know geo...

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29120 Combrit - T. 02 98 51 94 40

In the heart of Sainte-Marine Port, this Mariners’ Shelter stands out thanks to its pink façade. The museum explains the work of its founder, Jacques de Thézac, and the life of Brittany’s fishermen. ...

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29450 Commana - T. 02 98 68 87 76

This Ecomuseum has one site on either side of the ridge of the Arrée Mountains: a millers’ village at the Moulins de Kerouat in Commana, where you can learn about everyday life in the 1800s, then over...

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29600 Morlaix - T. 02 98 88 68 88

12th November-20th May 2017: Portraits and figures. At the Maison à Pondalez (MH, early 15th century): Timber-framed house, an outstanding example of the Golden Age in Morlaix's history.

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29830 Ploudalmézeau - T. 02 98 48 73 19

16th March 1978: the Amoco Cadiz sank off the coast of Portsall in Brittany, spilling 220 000 tonnes of crude oil into the sea. This wreckage caused an unprecedented oil slick, and the museum centre o...

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29730 Guilvinec - T. 02 98 58 28 38

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29890 Kerlouan - T. 02 98 83 95 63/02 29 61 13 60

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29950 Clohars-Fouesnant - T. 02 98 54 60 02

A house of painters. Since 2009, the manor has opened its doors to the general public, who can thus view a small selection of the works of Emile Simon and Madeleine Fié-Fieux - a chance for visitors t...

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29360 Clohars-Carnoët - T. 02 98 39 98 51

‘La Maison-Musée du Pouldu’ museum follows in the footsteps of the artist Paul Gauguin, with a reconstruction of the old-fashioned ‘Buvette de la Plage’ where Gauguin and his painter friends stayed fr...

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29690 Brennilis - T. 02 98 99 62 36

Youdig is a mini leisure complex with “Gîtes de France” and "Rando Accueil” certified holiday accommodation; a restaurant bearing the “Auberge de Campagne” and “Vraie Cuisine du Terroir” (real local c...

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29200 Brest - T. 02 98 05 39 46

A memorial museum of the Second World War in a fort that was built during the reign of Louis XVI (in the late 18th century). - Memorial gallery of the people of Finistère - Themed rooms - Vehicles, ar...

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29560 Trégarvan - T. 02 98 26 04 72

This Museum of rural schooling in Brittany is located in Trégarvan, at the entrance to Crozon Peninsula. It tells the story of education in Brittany’s countryside from the 1800s. Come and learn about ...

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29570 Camaret-sur-Mer - T. 02 98 27 94 22

The purpose of this tower, designed by the great military architect Vauban, was to guard the entrance to the Brest narrows and prevent enemy landings in Camaret cove. Even before it was completed, it ...

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29930 Pont-Aven - T. 02 98 06 14 43

Artists from the late 19th to early 20th centuries would meet at the Hotel Julia, which – since March 2016 – has found new life as the new Pont-Aven Museum. The building houses and exhibits works by P...

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29760 Penmarch - T. 02 98 58 72 87

This exceptional site comprises 3 lighthouses, including Eckmühl and the Old Lighthouse. Climb Eckmühl’s 307 steps and discover the fabulous panoramic view from 60 metres up. The Old Lighthouse offers...

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29259 Île-Molène - T. 02 98 84 41 15

Molène, always one eye on the sea. Explore the island and fall under the spell of its natural and cultural heritage. On your way, discover the semaphore tower whose two levels tell the story of this i...

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29100 Douarnenez - T. 02 98 92 75 41

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29900 Concarneau

"Les Archi Kurieux' offers visits and fun workshops for families and inquisitive children aged around 6 and over. Through mime, drawings, puzzles, memory games and a host of other activities, discover...

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29242 Ouessant - T. 02 98 48 80 70

Located behind Créac'h, the famous lighthouse that guides ships as they cross the Channel, the Lighthouse and Buoy Museum gives you the chance to learn all about the history of maritime signals using ...

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29800 Landerneau - T. 02 29 62 47 78

The ‘Fonds Hélène & Édouard Leclerc’ is a cultural fund, a centre of contemporary art at the Capucins Convent in Landerneau. The aims of its programme and exhibitions are to showcase iconic artists of...

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29120 Pont-L'Abbé - T. 02 98 66 09 03

Come and discover Brittany's most famous secret... the area known as Pays Bigouden. Head-dresses and embroidered costumes, astonishing interiors, picture archives and more: the Pays Bigouden will shar...

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29000 Quimper - T. 02 98 95 45 20

Exhibition ""Silent Nature: the landscapes of Odilon Redon"" 19/05–11/09/2017 This exhibition focuses on landscapes, an essential source of inspiration in the work of Redon (1840-1916). His dreamy, ...

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29217 Plougonvelin - T. 02 29 02 84 56

Just next to Saint Mathieu coastal point, come and visit this incredible blockhaus bunker from the German command. Over 5 floors and 500m² of exhibitions, you can see hundreds of witness accounts, obj...

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29880 Plouguerneau - T. 02 98 37 13 35

Both an historical and ethnological museum, the Museum of seaweed-gatherers and seaweed focuses on the scientific and economic future of Brittany’s seaweed sector – which looks very promising - and sh...

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29710 Pouldreuzic - T. 02 98 51 52 52

The only one of its kind in Brittany, the 'Musée de l'Amiral' museum is dedicated to the magic of the oceans. Over 12,000 shellfish from all over the world are presented in this modern, interactive mu...

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29470 Plougastel-Daoulas - T. 02 98 30 62 28

Why are fire engines red? What does the French term 'sapeur-pompier' mean? What's the link between Louis XIV and fire-fighting? In which year was the job of rescuing people entrusted to fire-fighters?...

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29260 Lesneven - T. 02 98 83 01 47

As a gateway to the area, the museum is certainly a must-see if you'd like to understand the land of Léon today. Based in the chapel of the Ursuline convent, the Musée du Léon will draw you into a rem...

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29270 Carhaix-Plouguer - T. 02 98 93 04 42

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29300 Quimperlé - T. 02 98 96 37 37

Exhibition "URSULUMES, DD - Yann Kersalé". Yann Kersalé uses light to create art, in the same way that other people use multiple materials of expression. He chooses the night-time, favoured by sensiti...

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