Corderie Royale

Rochefort, France

The Corderie Royale International de la mer is a vast museum complex located in the heart of the maritime Arsenal de Rochefort. The Corderie Royal is one of the most important buildings in the arsenal and was one of the first built when the city was founded in 1666.

For nearly two hundred years, the building, which is more than 374 metres long, was used to furnish the rigging (or cordage) of the French Navy. The length of the central building corresponded to the manufacture of a rope of a single cable length. 

In 1926, it was decided to close the Rochefort arsenal, with the consequent gradual abandonment of the Corderie. Today it is home to the International Sea Centre, is a vast museum space that is part of the Arsenal de Rochefort (Grand Arsenal) in Rochefort, France, the city's historic, cultural and tourist landmark, which also includes the Musée National de la Marine (National Naval Museum), the construction site of the replica of the frigate Hermione, and the renovation project of the Office of the Commissioner of the Navy on Rochefort's food wharf.

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Founded: 1666
Category: Museums in France

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A Hope-Johnson (11 months ago)
History in the making! That's literally speaking. Very interesting insight into rope making and the development of the art. Probably more appropriate for teenage-plus children and us oldies. Great audio transcripts and displays. Good examples of the rope arts, great shop and some very different prezzie memories. The building is something else. The scale of it has to be seen.
Eric Le Roux (2 years ago)
Great to discover the history of the Corderie Royale, very well made introductory movie. The museum is very small and a little disappointing since the building is huge however, the exhibition is very well made with tons of details on how ship ropes were made. The bookshop is also really well made.
Kim Evans (5 years ago)
Rubbish place, dont waste the money. Poorly signposted as well. Satnav location is on the wrong side of the river. Staff bored and not interested. 45 minute film interesting but could have been made into half an hour. Only good thing was the audio guides, these were very good.
Roel Stortelder (5 years ago)
I had quite some expectations from the museum in this impressive building, but it is not at all worth the €18.50 entrance fee. I expected the museum to be a restored version of the old rope factory, but it is nothing like that. It is a relatively small part of the building (about a 5th) with explanation of what kinds of rope exist and how some are made. There is no large old machinery to look at and it's definitely not as impressive as the building might suggest. You're far better off spending the money on something else.
Dom Stangroome (5 years ago)
Really informative and as a person who doesn't really know french, the audio guides were super helpful. I also got a really cool bosons whistle as shown in the pictures. It also works quite well. I am not quite a master yet but I am sure that with time it will come to me.
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