How about a quick one-hour tour of the museum?
Discover our guided tours: regular and thematic tours!

Thematic tours


Looking for Jean Bart

Find out everything there is to know about this most famous of Dunkirkers, lucky privateer and skilled squadron leader, sailing and fighting for the King. Raiding enemy ships off the coast of Dunkirk, this outstanding seafarer helped build the economy of our city in the 17th century.

At the end of our tour, we invite you to taste a Doigt de Jean Bart, a famous local speciality, with tea or coffee.

12€ /adult


Iceland Cod Fishing

Duration of the fishing campaigns, ships used, fishing techniques and life on board, all the aspects if Iceland cod fishing (a major part of Dunkirk’s activity in the 19th century) will be explained in this tour.

At the end of our tour, we invite you to taste some local products (smoked fish and beer).

12€ /adult



A Day in Dunkirk

Museum tour in the morning, with a guided tour about Iceland cod fishing, followed by a tasting (smoked fish), before a lunchbreak (lunch not included) in one of the many restaurants around our museum (ask for our suggestions). And last, but not least: enjoy a sensational afternoon on the Duchesse Anne or on top of the Risban lighthouse!

12€ /adult

Regular tours



This tour (with a guide) will allow you to get acquainted with the museum’s permanent collection in a more detailed and personal fashion, but also to discover the harbor in its historical and contemporary aspects.

10€ /adult,


The three-master Duchesse Anne

Built to train German Commerce Fleet officers and sailors, this three-master sailed across the Baltic Sea, off the African and South American coasts. Given to France in 1946 as war reparation and bought by the city of Dunkirk for a token sum in 1981, it was listed as a Monument Historique (French National Heritage) in 1982 and was opened to the public in 2001 after major restoration works.

Climbing aboard is entering the world of sailing, discovering life on board a 3-master and life conditions for cadets, but also admiring the comfort of the Commander’s quarters.

10€ /adult



The Lightboat Sandettié

Contrarily to what you might think, this ship is not a “firefighting” ship, but was used as a seamark by approaching ships. Commissioned in 1949, the Sandettié was named after the sandbank which it used to signal. The crew had to keep the ship and its lighting system operational. The ship was decommissioned in 1989 and replaced by automated buoys.

As soon as you will set foot on board, you will feel like a true member of the crew! The tour can be organized with the former Head Mechanic upon demand



Risban Lighthouse

At a height of over 60 meters (200 feet), a breathtaking panorama awaits. You will enjoy an exceptional view of the city, the harbor and the sea.

A few steps for an irreplaceable view: this tour must be reserved!



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Contact Nadine Boutet (reservations)