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Museum du Coquillage

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Completely insane, yet strangely compelling...

We needed somewhere to shelter from a showery spell in Sables, and found the Museum du Coquillage... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2018
Gavin M
Wow, what a surprise

Well I went because I'd been told I must (several times by several people) What a fascinating... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2015
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  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
10 Jun 2018
“Completely insane, yet strangely compelling...”
11 Jun 2018
“Absolutely fascinating”
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8 rue du Marechal Leclerc, 85100, Les Sables-d'Olonne, France
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

I really didn't realise as to how many shells there were in the world and how they are formed. Many of the exhibits here do have English translation of the information offered. It is really interesting. The place is immaculate inside and there are small...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

We needed somewhere to shelter from a showery spell in Sables, and found the Museum du Coquillage by the port. First off, there is little doubt that this is an impressive and hugely comprehensive collection of seashells, and we spent almost 2 hours walking around...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

We went to thsis museum during our visit in France in May. We (adults) found it a bit old and dusty but the kids loved it.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic hour here. Never seen anything like it before. Beautifully laid out and just stunning. Owner was so helpful and showed our son the pride cowrie shell of his own collection. Recommended.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank LynnAnderson2011
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We loved our visit to the Shell Museum. Beautifully laid out, and very interesting. The shop shone with shells. €8 to visit the museum upstairs which was vast, full of colour and very educational. Loved it....

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank shendry123
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Well I went because I'd been told I must (several times by several people) What a fascinating place, you walk through the gift shop to get to the museum, not the best starting point in my opinion, but my goodness, the exhibits they have are...More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

Our young daughter was enthralled by the colourful and interesting displays of seashells from all around the world. The gift shop was reasonably priced, and may have sparked a new hobby. Lovely little museum.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

At a loss why this excellent city would give such a large and promonent space to such a mediocre museum. Maybe it was ok 30 years ago.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank finianm
Reviewed 16 February 2015

WOW, very unique collection, IMPRESSIVE, the boutique at the entrance give a very small idea of the upstairs museum; MUST SEE.

Date of experience: February 2015
Reviewed 14 July 2014

esoteric but not compelling. Some people might like it but there is not much more to say to fill in minima

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank Mike C
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