Normandy: Exploring the Cité de la Mer & Cherbourg

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Normandy: Exploring the Cité de la Mer & Cherbourg 50 Cherbourg fr

The Cité de la Mer is a theme park dedicated to human adventure under the sea, which has delighted over 2,500,000 visitors to date. 

From the myths and legends to real-life dives, visitors can discover the interaction between man and the underwater world, as well as a number of species only found in the deepest depths of the ocean. Get adventurous with one of the museum's fun, interactive exhibits, including the largest (visitable) submarine in the world: the Redoutable and the Aquarium Abyssal, a rift of 10.7 meters. 


  • The "Titanic, Return to Cherbourg" Experience
    The Cité de la Mer recently opened a permanent exhibit, totally one-of-a-kind in France. The "Titanic, Return to Cherbourg" - or Titanic, Retour à Cherbourg - experience is spread across 2,500 square meters. Over the course of an hour-long tour, visitors are submerged in the history of European emigration to the New World in the magnificent Salle des Bagages before embarking into the hull of the "Titanic," fully reconstructed with its own gangway, and meeting the passengers and crew of the ill-fated ship. Thanks to the latest cinematic technology, an optic theater, and authentic eyewitness accounts, visitors of all ages can relive the Cherbourg-Queenstown-North Atlantic path of the ship until its famous sinking. 
  • The Underwater Pole
    Dedicated to the technological and human adventure around the machines that explore the greatest depths of the ocean, from Jules Verne's Nautilus to Henri-Germain Delauze's deep-sea station and the Nautile d'Ifremer. One of the most exciting points of the tour: the discovery of the Redoutable, the largest visitable submarine in the world. From the living spaces to the technical details, follow the everyday lives of submarine sailors thanks to an incredible audio-guide. 
  • The Grande Galerie des Engins et des Hommes (The Gallery of Men and Machines)
    In the Cité de la Mer's Welcome Hall, discover the unique collection of machines used to dive to deep ocean depths: Alvin (American), Mir (Russian), Shinkaï (Japanese), and more. Through photos, videos, and eyewitness accounts, visitors will experience all the international adventure of man's undersea exploration. Next to Archimedes, the Nautile, or even the Cyana, these machines make up the Gare Maritime Transatlantique in all its glory. 
  • The Ocean Pole
    Kids and adults alike will be amazed by the Aquarium Abyssal, the deepest in Europe. Over 1,000 tropical fish, each more colorful than the next, fill this 10.7 meter deep rift. During your trip, be sure to discover 16  themed pools, including a "petting zoo." 
  • Walking Underwater
    A virtual family adventure alongside Captain Glass where visitors are the heroes of their own story. From undersea communication to a confrontation in the shadows of the abyss, be prepared to embark on your own ocean adventure in search of an amazing oasis and spectacular creatures. 

Musée de la Libération

Located in an old military fort dating back to the Deuxième Empire, at the summit of the Montagne du Roule with an amazing view of the city and its harbor, the museum traces the history of the Second World War, from the 1940 French Exodus to the Liberation of Cherbourg. 

Near the museum, stroll by the sea and discover the largest artificial harbor in the world, its seawalls, forts, and its old ferry terminal with several themed cruises. 

The Point du Jour Centre d’Art Editeur

The Point du Jour is a new art center with a focus on photography, known for its exhibits, artist residences, and publishing. 

The Italian Theater

The Italian Theater, nicknamed by Cherbourg residents as the Théâtre d'Or for its refinement both inside and out, has been officially classified as a Historical Monument (or monument historique) since 1984. It was built towards the end of the 19th century and constitutes one of the gems of the last generation of Italian theaters in France. 

Cherbourg Umbrella Factory

Discover the real-time production of a real Parapluie de Cherbourg! Guided tours of the site available. 

Parc Emmanuel Liais and the National History Museum

With more than 400 plant varieties, the park and its greenhouses make up a surprising and exotic addition to Cherbourg. Categorized as a "Jardin remarquable" since 2006. The paths through this park are punctuated by the Liais Museum, the Bibliothèque des Sciences, an artificial pool, and the Tour Observatoire. 

The Cherbourg Public Garden

Located at the foot of the Montagne du Roule, this garden is made up of an amazing variety of trees, bodies of water, a zoo, a game area, a learning barnyard and a reed bed planted by the pool. The Music Kiosk is one of a kind. 

Water Activities

The Cotentin is full of fun water activities with a diverse range of spots and practice areas. All through the year, on the region's sandy beaches or on the long coastline of Cotentin, beginners and experts alike can practice sailing, rowing, surfing, kayaking, water skiing, funboarding, sand yachting, divine, kite-surfing, wave-skiing, and more. 

 

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50100 Cherbourg-Octeville

 

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