Cite de La Mare, Cherbourg-Octeville

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Cite de La Mare is a large museum devoted to scientific and historical aspects of maritime subjects. You can explore an ocean diving area and a former French Army submarine. It is situated in the restored trans-Atlantic railway terminal in Cherbourg. The monument was built in 1933 and the museum was opened in 2002. Arrange to visit Cite de La Mare and other attractions in Cherbourg-Octeville using our Cherbourg-Octeville trip builder site.
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  • We were attracted by the Titanic exhibition which is very well done. The Submarine exhibition is so informative and we learnt lots that we didn't know! The Aquarium was beautifully laid out and we... 
    We were attracted by the Titanic exhibition which is very well done. The Submarine exhibition is so informative and we learnt lots that we didn't know! The Aquarium was beautifully laid out and we...  more »
  • We visited as a group of two families, one with 5 to 10 year olds and one with under 5's. This was definitely a hit with everyone, adults and all the children. Sometimes you pay a little more for an.....  more
    We visited as a group of two families, one with 5 to 10 year olds and one with under 5's. This was definitely a hit with everyone, adults and all the children. Sometimes you pay a little more for an.....  more »
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  • Nineteen euros but there are coupons to save a euro fifty at the door. Three main venues. Great for all ages, with some exits focused on children. It takes about 1.5 hours to go through, but you could take a lot more than if you had an area of interest. The submarine exhibit was very well done, and even if you are not military, it is a great educational experience with information that most people don't consider. The problems of 190 people, a nuclear power plant and nuclear missiles under the pressure of the ocean. We also enjoyed the Titanic exhibit. Lots of information, and the presentation was well organized. Everything is in English and French. The sub tour includes a self-guided audio tour.
  • The submarine exhibition was enough to keep my 5 and 10 year old boys engaged for the duration of the visit, and to actually walk all around the interior of a nuclear submarine was of great interest to myself and my wife. The submarine driving game requires a wait, but both boys enjoyed it and we had to pull them away! The Titanic exhibition looked good, but the 5 year old found it a bit scary, especially as we were going to rejoin our cruise ship, which had so far followed the exact same course... The small model submarines in the gift shop were reasonably priced, and made a treasured souvenir. Well worth a visit!

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