The Maritime Museum of Tatihou Island is located in the harbor of the port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, in the English Channel, on the northeast coast of the Cotentin peninsula.
The establishment, inaugurated in 1992, is partly housed in the former lazaretto built in 1720 to which travelers were directed, for the time of quarantine, to prevent the spread of the plague. Another part of the museum is located in a nearby maritime shelter.
Labeled Musée de France, the museum has collections related to maritime history and ethnography, fishing, and coastal flora and fauna. The collection also includes works of art linked to maritime history or evoking the islet of Tahitou, as well as some 200 books and manuscripts.
It should also be noted that furniture and archaeological elements are on display from the wrecks of French ships that sank during the naval battle of La Hougue in 1692, where the French navy and an Anglo-Dutch fleet clashed..
One of the specific features of the museum is also to present "in situ" small fishing or pleasure craft from the 20th century which have been restored on site thanks to the establishment of a naval framework workshop.
Open every day from April to All Saints' Day (November 1). Price: 3.50 and 6 euros. Access to the islet possible on foot at low tide (pay attention to schedules and coefficients) or via an amphibious shuttle. The discovery of Fort Vauban and charming gardens can complete this escapade on the islet.
Information on +33 2 14 29 03 30.