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New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde)

10 rue Fleuriau | Hotel Fleuriau, 17000, La Rochelle, France
+33 5 46 41 46 50
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French slave trade

This museum, based in an imposing chateaux in La Rochelle, illustrates well the history of French... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Paignton, United Kingdom
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Exciting museum

Visited here today - this museum gives you a very exciting incite into the new world and the slave... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
JeanDublin m
Dublin, Ireland
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10 rue Fleuriau | Hotel Fleuriau, 17000, La Rochelle, France
+33 5 46 41 46 50
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum, based in an imposing chateaux in La Rochelle, illustrates well the history of French involvement in the slave trade. An English audio guide is available and essential for those who cannot translate all the French information boards. Sadly, the audio numbers are not...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Visited here today - this museum gives you a very exciting incite into the new world and the slave trade that La Rochelle was part of. The paintings and artefacts are excellently displayed - we were there about an hour and a half. The staff...More

1  Thank JeanDublin m
Reviewed 14 April 2016

Like so many big maritime towns and cities, the slave trade was the source of much wealth. La Rochelle has such a history and the museum is set in the home of a plantation owner. So an interesting juxtaposition. The connection with French overseas territories...More

1  Thank Mixiewing
Reviewed 31 December 2015

This museum is really about La Rochelle's role in the slave trade, but since this is still a very sensitive issue, I guess they chose a name that would be less upsetting. I found it fascinating, and it was refreshing to find somewhere in La...More

1  Thank Jenny K
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Visiting this museum reminded me of Churchill's comment: This pudding has no theme. And that's the way we felt about our visit here. First, the layout of the museum is somewhat erratic and the guide isn't much help. Second, it isn't clear what is meant...More

1  Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
Reviewed 25 October 2015

This is a difficult review. Although the place was full of interesting information. It wasn't presented in an interesting way. It was mostly just a lot of reading with the odd thing to look at so I imagine it would be very boring for children....More

1  Thank Josie F
Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

It's mainly about New France ( Canada and some of USA) interesting photos drawings etc. some of the rooms have English hamlets to help. They also do an audio guide. It's very old and run down, feels grubby and musty. I enjoyed about 30% so...More

1  Thank James M
Reviewed 13 August 2015

To our great surprise, this museum did not provide information about the exodus of the Huguenots from France to the New World due to persecution. Why is this history missing from this museum? The museum does cover the French exploration of the New World which...More

3  Thank Gauxing
Reviewed 25 October 2014

A very well done history of the French explorations in the Americas. Lots of interesting exhibits set up in chronological order. There are English descriptions in every room. Reasonably priced, it's a good way to spend an hour or 2.

1  Thank cordyroy
Reviewed 13 September 2014

The New World Museum is located within an historic property. It tells the story of exploration and exploitation of the Americas. It contains sections on slavery, first nation culture, French colonial culture and contemporary displays. Sensitively handled and well worth a visit.

1  Thank thedebonairmsbacall
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