Musee de la Mer, Cannes

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Musee de la Mer was established in 1977 within a fort called ‘Old Castle’. The Old castle is divided into parts – the prison and the museum. When you visit the museum, you will see stunning archaeological remains from underwater excavations. There are also some great articles from land excavation and explanatory models that you can check out. After you explore the museum, you can visit the prison that held the legendary Man with Iron Mask. Plan your visit to Musee de la Mer and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cannes trip planner.
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  • touch history by visiting the cell of the Iron Mask and other infamous royal prisoners, marvel on the archaeological artifacts plucked from nearby shipwrecks, it's worth the small entrance fee! 
    touch history by visiting the cell of the Iron Mask and other infamous royal prisoners, marvel on the archaeological artifacts plucked from nearby shipwrecks, it's worth the small entrance fee!  more »
  • Really interesting, and reasonable price of 6 euro per adult and free for kids. Man in the iron mask is the main attraction but nothing much provided by way of information. Excellent exhibition of... 
    Really interesting, and reasonable price of 6 euro per adult and free for kids. Man in the iron mask is the main attraction but nothing much provided by way of information. Excellent exhibition of...  more »
  • Very well displayed artifacts from various area of the world including Roman remains recovered from the sea. 
    Very well displayed artifacts from various area of the world including Roman remains recovered from the sea.  more »
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  • The museum and prison are not very big. I really liked that students under the age of 26 could visit the museum and prison for free. The cell of the man in the iron mask is very interesting. Given the size of the cell, one can tell that the man in the iron mask was not just any prisoner but of incredible importance. The cell's window has 3 sets of iron bars, which are misaligned so that it is not possible for a prisoner to throw something outside.
  • It is one of the must see of the island. Its not very big so you can very well visit the whole thing in around 2 hours. But the small aquarium only opens on Friday. There is also a free guided visit in French, just ask the person at the entrance and they will tell you. From here you can definitely take some panorama photos of Cannes too
  • If you are in Cannes, then you should visit the cell where the Man with the Iron Mask was imprisoned. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and the view was awesome. Not to forget the 15min boat ride to the island which was small entertainment itself. However, if you are not going there to swim or hike, then 1-2hours are all you need.
  • Saw a brilliant temporary exhibition there by Jason deCaires! Or else the museum setting and the history behind it fascinating! I recommend visiting it highly!
  • The island is beautiful and I highly recommend visiting it when you are in Cannes. The museum is interesting only when you are fascinated about The Man in Iron Mask. Otherwise dont visit the museum because it will be disappointing and expensive.

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