Located at the Palais Chaillot, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, the National Marine Museum comes from a collection offered to Louis XV and formerly located in the heart of the Louvre. Since 1943, it has been housed in the Passy wing of the building and became a public administrative institution in the early 1970s.
The site deals with all the navies around the world thanks to 30,000 objects and works of art like the decorated stern of La Réale, a galley of Louis XIV, the imperial canoe of Napoléon, or the series Views of the ports of France by Joseph Vernet. The National Maritime Museum also regularly offers thematic temporary exhibitions.
It also has several branches in different cities of France such as Brest, Port Louis, Rochefort or Toulon.