Musée Jules Verne
When you are visiting Nantes, submerge in the world of Jules Verne and his fantastic stories at this incredible museum.
Born in 1828, Verne is considered to be one of the fathers of science fiction. He wrote about how technology will be in the future with details far ahead from his time. His stories have been translated in over 150 languages, making him one of the most translated authors in the world.
An excellent location
Located in the hill of Sainte-Anne, the museum opened in 1978 to mark the 150th anniversary of the author and was renovated in 2005 to commemorate his centenary.
It details the work and tells the fascinating life story of one of France's most illustrious authors, considered Nantes' most famous son. The displays are housed in a beautiful 19th-century villa that evokes the style and passion of the writer himself.
The rocky platform overlooks the Loire river, giving guests good views of the port and the Island of Nantes with its new buildings, Titan (a gigantic yellow crane) and Verne-inspired Machines de l'île.
When you climb the stairs to meet the building, you will be greeted by Captain Nemo. On that little square, there's also a statue of Jules Verne sitting on a bench.
What you will find
The Musée Jules Verne displays various items owned by Jules Verne, 1st-edition books, hand-edited manuscripts as well as constructed replicas of his inventions, and cardboard theater cut-outs.
The museum is split into eight sections, showing how his imagination grew from a young boy playing on the river to writing the masterpieces of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days.
Visitors can see a recreation of his drawing-room and his china, which he received from foreign journalists as gifts, among other items.
The museum also tells the story of Jules Verne in Nantes and how the city shaped his writing as well as housing interactive displays about how his work has been translated into film and TV.
Good to know
The exhibitions are child-friendly and multimedia, bringing Jules Verne's entire work in all its splendor to reach the wider public.
Signs are in French, but Verne's books are so well-known that it's worthwhile visiting regardless.