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Château des Ducs de Bretagne - Musée d'Histoire de Nantes

At the castle, fall under the spell of five centuries of medieval history…

In the heart of the medieval quarter, the Château des ducs de Bretagne welcomes the Nantes Museum of History, whose scenography offers a walking tour punctuated with 1 150 objects as well as interactive multimedia displays that are aesthetic, fun, and educational.

Discover the rebirth of the museum with its newly enriched collections pertaining to Nantes’ history (the slave trade, World War I and II…) thanks to local collection drives, and a new extension showcasing the city’s history from 1945 to today.

Click here for further information on this stop along the itinerary A Journey to Nantes

Health measure: masks must be worn by all visitors from the age of 6. The rampart walk is mainly open (not accessible with a wheelchair).

Closed until further notice


From 2 June Courtyard and moat gardens, entrance free

7 days a week: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

From July

Rampart walk open 7 days a week: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Museum and exhibition

10 am to 6 pm, except Mondays. From 1st July to 31st August : everyday from 10.00 to 19.00.

Last sales from the ticket office half an hour before the closing time


Site closes every year on 1 January, 1 May, 1 November, 25 December


Castle interiors, museum and exhibition:

Admission: €5/€8.

Free admission for holders of the Pass Nantes or Pass Château


Château des Ducs de Bretagne
4 place Marc Elder
44000 Nantes
Tramway, line 1. Duchesse Anne stop.


0 811 46 46 44 (Service 0,05 €/min + prix d’appel)
+33 2 51 17 49 48 (depuis l'étranger / from abroad)


La Fraiseraie offers, in a new space, ice cream cones, ice cream pots and sticks with its unique concept around strawberry and fruit.
From 1st september : Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 13:30 am to 6.30 pm (except during french school holidays : Tuesday to Sunday 13:30 am to 6.30 pm) . Summer : open every day from 11am to 7.30pm.


The bookstore offers a selection of works focusing on history and the city (the castle’s own publishing house, Les Éditions du château, as well as other reference books). There is also a wide range of original products and merchandise inspired by Nantes and its identity: watercolours of Nantes by Eric Cabanas, château-inspired notebooks, French Revolution tokens with “Vivre libre ou mourir” (“Live free or die”), berlingot nantais (local specialty candy) or, for kids, a stuffed toy version of La Petite Hermine (Jacques Cartier’s boat), as well as the castle’s little ghost...

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