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Heritage site

3, quai de l’Île
Built at the end of the 18th century

Architect : Paul-Michel Thibault

Discovery tour: Waterside

Built at the end of the 18th century by architect Paul-Michel Thibault for his own use, this astonishing building was later purchased by Le Havre-based merchant ship-owner Martin-Pierre Foäche. He commissioned well-known architect Pierre-Adrien Pâris to create the wooden and sculpted features. The mansion’s originality lies in its interior layout with its twenty-five rooms, built on five stories, positioned around a central shaft of light.

The Maison de l’Armateur is now the city museum, retracing the life of a family of merchants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. With its lounges, curiosity cabinets and old scale models, it takes visitors back to that special time in Le Havre’s history when everyday life and the port’s activities were closely intertwined.

Practical info

Heritage site

Maison de l’Armateur

3, quai de l’Île
Built at the end of the 18th century

3, quai de l’Île
76600 Le Havre

Only the ground floor is available for visitors with physical disabilities.

  • Visitors with physical disabilities
  • Visitors with hearing impairment
  • Visitors with mental disabilities
  • Visitors with visual impairment

Everyday, Tuesdays and holidays excepted
From 10am to 12.30 and from 1.45pm to 6pm (5.30pm from novembre 1st)


0 to 7 €

Discovery tour

Étape 23 du Waterside


Guide tours in french for the exhibition"D'or et de céramique - Lignereux une (re)naissance" : every saturday at 11 am (not available first saturday of the month), 3:30 pm, and every sunday at 11 am.
Booking : 00 (33) 2 35 41 69 15 - 00 (33) 2 35 41 69 17

How to get here
- Tram : lines A & B (Palais de justice Stop)
- Bus: line 3 (Saint-François Stop) and line 7 (Notre-Dame Stop)
  • Ticket sales
  • Store
  • Bike parking
  • Free parking
  • Paid parking
  • Information desk
  • Wi-fi
  • Rest area
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