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New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde)

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Address: 10 rue Fleuriau | Hotel Fleuriau, 17000, La Rochelle, France
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An uncomfortable history

Like so many big maritime towns and cities, the slave trade was the source of much wealth. La Rochelle has such a history and the museum is set in the home of a plantation owner... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2016
Cravant, France
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Cravant, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

Like so many big maritime towns and cities, the slave trade was the source of much wealth. La Rochelle has such a history and the museum is set in the home of a plantation owner. So an interesting juxtaposition. The connection with French overseas territories is the link through which the museum explores "the new world", meaning Canada, trade, Anglo-French... More 

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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015

This museum is really about La Rochelle's role in the slave trade, but since this is still a very sensitive issue, I guess they chose a name that would be less upsetting. I found it fascinating, and it was refreshing to find somewhere in La Rochelle that didn't shy away from this painful aspect of their history. The displays are... More 

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New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Visiting this museum reminded me of Churchill's comment: This pudding has no theme. And that's the way we felt about our visit here. First, the layout of the museum is somewhat erratic and the guide isn't much help. Second, it isn't clear what is meant by 'the new world' - Canada, the US, what? We were especially struck by the... More 

Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

This is a difficult review. Although the place was full of interesting information. It wasn't presented in an interesting way. It was mostly just a lot of reading with the odd thing to look at so I imagine it would be very boring for children. On the upside it is free for students!

Thank Josie F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

It's mainly about New France ( Canada and some of USA) interesting photos drawings etc. some of the rooms have English hamlets to help. They also do an audio guide. It's very old and run down, feels grubby and musty. I enjoyed about 30% so for me it was worth it. Learned about Edward Curtis, photographer and chronicler of the... More 

Thank James M
Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

To our great surprise, this museum did not provide information about the exodus of the Huguenots from France to the New World due to persecution. Why is this history missing from this museum? The museum does cover the French exploration of the New World which is only part of the story.

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Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2014

A very well done history of the French explorations in the Americas. Lots of interesting exhibits set up in chronological order. There are English descriptions in every room. Reasonably priced, it's a good way to spend an hour or 2.

Thank cordyroy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2014

The New World Museum is located within an historic property. It tells the story of exploration and exploitation of the Americas. It contains sections on slavery, first nation culture, French colonial culture and contemporary displays. Sensitively handled and well worth a visit.

Thank thedebonairmsbacall
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

This is a fascinating museum with a rich collection of artefacts relating to American and its history - images, photos, chinaware and pottery are all here - sell worth a visit

Thank Malcolm C
Bordeaux, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Yes, this museum is small and not too big - but they pack a lot of history of the Americas into this place. I have visited twice (bringing visiting family the 2nd time) and both times I was impressed with their exhibits and presentation. The audio guide they have is also very helpful. The best thing about this museum it's... More 

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