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La Cite de la Mer à Cherbourg is a modern, tourist, scientific and cultural complex opened for public since the spring of 2002. Today it offers many interesting exhibits connected to the marine history and to the submarine world. La Cite de la Mer à Cherbourg resides in a former nautical terminal which is one of the most significant art-deco sights in France . The submarine called Redoutable is the most popular exhibit. It is allegedly the biggest submarine on display in the world. Redoutable was previously used by the French Marines. Local salt-water aquarium is also quite interesting. It is 10 m high, 8 m wide and it holds more than 500,000 litres of sea water. But La Cite de la Mer à Cherbourg offers many more. Virtual underwater expedition is a popular attraction and you should not miss it. Temporary thematic exhibitions are being regularly held in the big hall.
La Cite de la Mer à Cherbourg is usually open from 9.30 to 18.00 hours. In July and August it is open until 19.00 hours. But opening hours are quite often a subject to change during the year so it is best to check this on the museum’s official website. The entrance fee in the season (April 1 – September 30) is 18 EUR for adults and 13 EUR for children. Children up to 5 years can go for free but are forbidden to enter the submarine. Off the season, the fee is 15.50 EUR for adults and 13 EUR for children. La Cite de la Mer à Cherbourg takes about 4 hours to view completely. The submarine alone with an audio guide takes 45 minutes.