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The City of Le Havre's many museums cover an incredibe range of subjects.

Architecture, fine arts, maritime and historic heritage, notable buildings... The City of Le Havre's museums welcome you all year long and invite you to discover their collections, temporary exhibitions, workshops, lectures and performances. There is something special for everyone !

Here is an overview of this cultural diversity !

Museum of modern art André Malraux – MuMa

The museum of modern art André Malraux – MuMa contains one of the most extensive collections of impressionist paintings in France. It was the first major museum built in France after World War II.

MuMa invites you to come and discover their exhibitions, take part in a workshop, follow a guided tour or attend a performance or a lecture...

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Graville Abbey

Perched on the hillside, Graville Abbey dominates Le Havre and the Seine estuary. From the terraced gardens, you will get a wonderful view of the coast of Normandy, up to Caen.

Graville Abbey is considered to be a masterpiece of Romanesque art in Normandy. The Abbey underwent several periods of construction since the 11th century.

Graville Abbey has been a museum since 1926, hosting one of the most beautiful religious statuary in Normandy, as well as lapidary features from religious buildings from the area or the Abbey itself.

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The Shipowner's House

The Shipowner's House was built in 1790 by architect Paul-Michel Thibault, whose work was carried on by Pierre Adrien Pâris. It was classified as a National Heritage site in 1950.

The house is built on five floors, around an astonishing skylight. The furniture and art collections from the 18th and early 19th centuries reflect the atmosphere of this chapter of the history of Le Havre. Several rooms are used as exhibition halls, presenting the city, the harbour and its trade. The other rooms are the apartments, offices and library of Martin Pierre Foäche (1728-1816), a rich local merchant.

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The Dubocage de Bléville Mansion

This 17th century mansion belonged to the famous merchant sailor Michel Joseph Dubocage de Bléville.

Two ground-floor exhibition halls are dedicated to temporary exhibitions about the city's history, important political events, and maritime trading. The upper floors host a remarkable collection of glassware and Chinese porcelain, including some from the Compagnie des Indes, bearing witness to the trade between Le Havre and China in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Le Havre Port Center – André Graillot Exhibition H

The André Graillot Exhibition Hall is dedicated to maritime heritage.

Three times a year, temporary exhibitions let us discover a rich maritime heritage and the history of maritime and port activities.

The collections include works of art, documents, photographs, films, Merchant Navy objects, but also historic ships, such as the lightship. The hall is also open to travelling exhibitions.

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Perret Workshop – Heritage House

The Heritage House is dedicated to the promotion of the local architectural heritage and history through multiple actions.

A wide range of guided tours on all themes related to the local heritage is on offer: from the remains of the old city to contemporary buildings, via the 19th century preserved neighbourhoods, the industrial and harbour heritage, to the reconstructed city centre, listed on the World Heritage list.

On foot, by bicycle or by coach, tour the city with our guides – and comedians! - to discover or rediscover our local heritage.

Find out more about the City of Art & History programme

Perret show flat

A show flat designed by Perret and his team has been restored on the first floor of one of the postwar reconstructed buildings.

This flat was conceived to showcase the features of Perret flats, which were designed to rehouse the inhabitants : openings on two sides, optimal sun exposure, fitted kitchens and bathrooms, garbage chute, forced-air heating... The furniture displayed here refers to the show flat presented during the reconstruction (between 1945 and 1955) and designed for local victims. Therefore, all the rooms are decorated with René Gabriel, André Beaudoin or Marcel Gascoin furniture. This mass-produced furniture, at the origin of design, deserves to be rediscovered for its rationality and meticulous execution.

The origin of "Les Trente Glorieuses" is featured through everyday objects: the fridge, gas stove, pressure cooker, hoover, washing machine, record player, typewriter, clothes, newspapers and magazines plunge visitors into the very heart of an era which had a lot of influence on the life we live today.

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Reading in Le Havre

The city's Reading in Le Havre public reading network is composed of locations of various sizes spread across the city: the Armand Salacrou library and the Oscar Niemeyer multimedia library, but also other well-proportioned libraries in the districts, reading centres, and mobile library routes. From 550 to 55,000 square feet, these places, their collections and services are available to all for free.

The Reading in Le Havre project also provides a high-profile cultural schedule all year long.

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