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Review of La Cite de la Mer

La Cite de la Mer
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Owner description: Come and visit La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, a family attraction all about man’s adventures under the sea, and a must when you are in Normandy. You can spend the whole day here and go round “Titanic, return to Cherbourg”, an exhibition which has its like nowhere else in France. It is on the theme of the celebrated liner, but also on emigration. You will also be able to listen to the Captain of Le Redoutable telling you about his life on board the largest submarine open to the public in the world. Then you will gaze in awe at our 17 aquariums, including the magical, 11-metre-deep, Abyssal Aquarium.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 December 2013

You need a full morning or afternoon to do this museum justice. It is located in an impressive old maritime station complex and the great entrance hall contains a number of old submarines and a well stocked gift shop. The Titanic Exhibition begins in the large baggage handling room with clever interactive video features then proceeds to the exhibition proper. It is a very different approach to that taken in the museum in Liverpool and the recreations of parts of the ship are quite interesting but the large video wall was rather less than exciting and I am not sure quite what purpose it served. The tour of the decommissioned nuclear submarine was areal highlight - the audio guide was informative and detailed without being over long. The aquarium is full of beautiful (and less beautiful) coloured fish and related displays and there are other exhibits as well all relating to the sea and submarines. I was not able to do the virtual reality ride so cannot comment on that. In all I wanted more time there than I had. An excellent family venue for anyone arriving via the ferry from the UK. Only the price prevents me giving 5 stars.

Thank David F
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We didn't go around the museum as we considered that a dose of radiation and yet another celebration of the sinking of the Titanic not worth the rather large fee. However, the walk around the free exhibit of submarines was interesting and lunch in the restaurant very good!

Thank pepperdw
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Our 9:30pm sailing to Rosslare meant that we (2 adults, 3 kids aged 9, 7, 5) had time to kill in Cherbourg so along we went.

The nuclear submarine tour was interesting (probably not going to set the younger pulse racing) and the Titanic exhibition is fine (we've been to the equivalents in Cobh and Belfast so we might have been suffering from wreck fatigue).

However, we did think that the "Je marche sous la mer" would set this trip apart. Got there ahead of the throng and reckoned that our team would be the first to head under some kind of underwater tunnel!

40 minutes later and we're sitting in a bloody hydraulic simulator in front of an underwater adventure video. I enjoyed it as much as I would enjoy being strapped into a roofed cast-iron bath watching "Stingray avec Dominique Strauss-Kahn" while trundling down an undulating hillock. Others seemed to enjoy it though, and the post-trip video did elicit some giggles.

We hit the aquarium after that, but my disgruntlement kept me from petting the fish.

It killed time, but at €62 for all five of us it certainly felt overpriced.

1  Thank NatKC
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Visited Cherburg on a cruise and my wife and I were the only visitors from the ship which is a shame as the rest of the passengers missed a real treat which for us was one of the highlights of the cruise on Discovery.The visit begun with Lexploration which was amusing and interesting followed by a visit through a nuclear submarine which was excellent was amazed by its size. The highlight of the visit was the aquarium no sharks or dolphins just a blaze of colour from the 10meter high tank we could have sat for hours .The jellyfish tank was absolutely beautiful and not to be missed . Sadly we had no time to visit the Titanic exhibition but should we ever return to Cherburg we will definitely revisit this museum.

1  Thank Ken M
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Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

Spent the whole day here and there was plenty to do. We loved the decommissioned submarine (not suitable for under fives) and the titanic story too. The other two exhibits were fun and entertaining! We paid 17 euros each to get in and thought we got good value for our money. There is nothing to stop you taking yr own food in (there are only two places inside to eat) but food is not permitted walking round the exhibits. We were given English translation aids for the sub and the underwater adventure free so pleased we never paid for one at the entrance. A great day all in all especially if it looks rainy as virtually all of it is inside.

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