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Musee Ernest Cognacq

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Address: 13 avenue Victor Bouthillier, 17410 Saint Martin de Re, Ile de Re, France
Phone Number: +33 5 46 09 21 22

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First time here after six trips to the island (thought it was about some guy I never heard of named Ernest)

After reading on Trip Advisor that this was a history museum, not one about some guy named Ernest, we went. It is only 4 Euros to get in. You will probably get more out of it if... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
Cynthia A
Sierra Madre, California
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Sierra Madre, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

After reading on Trip Advisor that this was a history museum, not one about some guy named Ernest, we went. It is only 4 Euros to get in. You will probably get more out of it if you are a French speaker, but they have a little book in English you can refer to that helps out. Interesting displays of... More 

Thank Cynthia A
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

This museum is central to the village and extremely well laid out. It is a beautiful old building and the history is amazing. The staff were helpful and spoke good english. There was a good selection of books to purchase as a reference to the holiday

Solihull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Despite what a few people have said - of the 'it's okay if it's raining and you've got nothing else to do' - this is a seriously interesting museum for people who like history. I was drawn to visit Ile de Re after reading about the Duke of Buckingham's failed attempt to lift the Siege of La Rochelle. More religious... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

elegantly located with garden party to launch an art trail with wine and live jazz but on a very cold night

Thank gillnmikejordan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

A good way to waste some time when it rains, an odd mix of history...old ships, ceramics & prisoners....unfortunately all the explanations are in French, and Google translate app is of no use when there is a very weak or no data connection in the museum. There is an English booklet describing the ships and ceramics but there is a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Fascinating if small on how local tourism developed on the island from the late C19th - pictures of the ferries before the bridge are evocative - as well as pictures of the hard agricultural life that preceded it. Interesting juxtaposition with history of the prisoners sent to New Caledonia from the prison in St Martin often to die a tropical... More 

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Aylesford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

We didn't know much of the history of Ile de Re before we went so we found this museum very interesting it was also nice to be warm and dry for a couple of hours as the weather was awful for the 4 days of our holiday

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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

We were the only people in this charming museum on a sunny morning in August. A great shame: a fascinating insight into a place with a surprising amount of history. Beautiful garden too.

3 Thank Acer sed justus
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

A wonderful island with a rich history and great wildlife. So why such an average museum? Worth a quick tour, but the rest of the island is more worthy of your time. A missed opportunity in my view.

Thank sbarrow
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

Well presented history of the island but it would have been nice to see more of the old building to which new museum is attached.

1 Thank LMorris59

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