New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde), La Rochelle

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Opened to the public in the year 1982, the New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde) is a French museum in the Hotel Fleuriau, and was originally a mansion. Decorated with French furniture as well as American Colonial furniture, the museum is replete with a variety of pictures, paintings, and prints that were collected during conquests made at La Rochelle in the 16th Century. The museum is also equipped with a staircase and a gate that was classified as a historical monument as of 16th December 1950. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, La Rochelle holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Discovering this Museum for the first time, the staff is perfect. Having come with a baby we had the opportunity to visit with him unlike some other Museum. Very affordable price, the Museum consists of several floors corresponding to different times regarding the new world. We have discovered the conquests of the Americas, the slave trade, the Indians of North America... Unfortunately we found the site very nice and informative but some parts lack depth. Example of the Portrait Gallery of native Americans. Tables are placed next to the other without major explanations. A temporary exhibition was present on the top floor. I think it's time to stop with these atrocious giant garbage that the so-called artists contemporaries do or pupils in class. It is worthy of a dump. Use real artists not the garbage... (I speak of the exhibition on the last floor without doors) the other temporary exhibit was fine. Thank you for this visit very instructive but missing of pedagogy, especially for children.
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  • Family visit: the kids had a good time thanks to the book game and we adults have learned a lot through the audioguide. Mansion restored and well-maintained. Professional and courteous reception. Really interesting temporary exhibition and coming out of the box. To be completed with the fine arts.
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  • Very nice old engravings. Maybe too much text to read, a little too detailed and difficult to read.
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  • A small but elegant place
  • Very nice temporary exhibition. Warm welcome. Box locker room for a visit without coats or bulky bag.
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  • This small museum is worth a visit. You will discover the exciting story of la Rochelle. A must see.
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  • Beautiful must see
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Where to stay in La Rochelle

To discover La Rochelle's rich architectural heritage, book your rooms at a stylish hotel near the city's picturesque old harbor. From there, you can easily explore the city's oldest areas, while remaining within easy walking distance of modern tourist attractions, such as the aquarium and natural history museum. If you're travelling on a limited budget, consider staying farther away from the old harbor, where you can choose from a selection of small inns, private B&Bs, and good-value hostels.
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