The museum’s display is arranged in seven major sequences, chronological and thematic.
The castle, Nantes and Brittany through the ages until the 17th century
Born of the river and the ocean
Trade and black gold in the 18th century
Nantes and the Revolution
An industrial and colonial port (1815-1914)
At war – 1914-1918 / 1939-1945
An Atlantic City? Today and tomorrow
The exhibition ends with a vision of the city, a multimedia creation by Pierrick Sorin, occupying the entire area of the 32nd room.
Multimedia installations are used to support and complement the display of the collections. Some of these installations promote the fun of discovery, interactivity or the sense of immersion in a given historical atmosphere. Others provide more information on the display or more focussed contact with a document. They assist you to enjoy the living portrait of a city, both educational and fun.
The displayed objects are extremely diverse: paintings, sculptures, relief maps, model ships, maps and plans, posters, engravings, photographs, films, tools, scientific instruments, furniture, objets d’art, archive documents, etc…
They have been chosen for their significance and for their capacity to illustrate and explain the different historical themes.