Seaplane Museum

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Closes at 06:00 pm

Useful information

Location : Sea side

Province : Landes North coast/ Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park

Services

  • Cash
  • Credit card accepted
  • Entertainment
  • English
    • Discover the Hydraviation Museum, a scientific and technical museum

      The Biscarrosse Seaplane Museum, a four-season municipal cultural and tourist establishment with the Museum of France designation and the Quality Tourism State mark, is the place of memory of the Latécoère base for assembly and seaplane testing. , but also to commemorate a century of aeronautical history.

      As early as 1930, Pierre-Georges Latécoère chose Biscarrosse for its lake protected by the dune belt, 10km long and wide, allowing large transatlantic seaplanes to take off or land there regardless of the direction of the wind. This configuration will make Biscarrosse an international hub during the golden age of Hydroaviation. This is the beginning of a unique story, forever associating Biscarrosse with seaplanes.

      The Museum team welcomes you to the heart of historic buildings on 1250m2 of exhibition space where you will discover more than 3000 collector's items: restored seaplanes, uniforms, models, graphic arts, archival documents, objects, etc.

      Visit the Seaplane Museum

      Schedules

      High Season Hours
      • From July 1 to August 31
      • Every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. non-stop
      • Last access to the collections at 6 p.m.

      Low Season Hours
      • From September 1st until the end of the Christmas holidays, and February winter holidays (all zones A, B, C) until June 30th.
      • Tuesday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Closed on Mondays and certain public holidays
      • Last access to the collections at 5 p.m.

      The rates
      From 3.50 € (6-18 years old) to 10€ (adult)
      There are also reduced rates (Job seeker, RSA, person with a disability or student, on presentation of proof, aeroloisirs, partners)

      Accessibility
      The Museum is accessible to visitors with disabilities (people with reduced mobility, hearing disability, intellectual or mental disability)

      A fun and interactive visit to the Hydraviation Museum


      Accompanying the public in discovering the collections is the subject of a vast program of cultural mediation.

      Whether for an individual visit or a family visit to the Seaplane Museum, the team offers several tools to help you visit:

      Game booklets have also been available at reception since 2007 so that 3 to 11 year olds can assimilate knowledge while having fun. There are several game booklets with different levels according to the ages of the children.

      Complete and detailed visitor assistance sheets that will allow you to move easily within the different pavilions. Because the Seaplane Museum welcomes visitors from all over the world, we provide information sheets in four languages: French, English, Spanish and German.

      A free mobile application with three tour routes. Visit museum is a collaborative project between the DRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Alienor.org - Council of Museums, the IUT of La Rochelle, the museums of Poitiers and Grands Poitiers. The application was developed by IT and marketing students with professional licenses LPCDTL (Web and mobile development), MASERTIC (Marketing of Information and Communication Services and Technologies) and LPCM (Multimedia Creation). This initiative is unique in France because it offers a tool common to all the museums of New Aquitaine.

      Because written cultural mediation is not suitable for all audiences, the Seaplane Museum also offers tailor-made guided tours: schools, families, leisure centres, disabled visitors, etc. The guided group tour can be given in French, English and German by reservation only. For any request for a group visit, with or without a mediator guide, reservation is mandatory at least 1 month before the desired date. Please contact the Museum directly by telephone on 05 58 78 00 65 or by email.

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Traveller Reviews Seaplane Museum

4.4 sur 5 1262 reviews

  • Victoria Jack

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Victoria Jack on 30/06/2022

    Was staying at a nearby campsite and had a spate of rainy days so came here. It was surprisingly good. Lots of info on seaplanes, models throughout and some interesting history. Provided on cards in French, English and German. Really good shop at the end which you can access without paying the entrance fee.

  • Pascal Baxter

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Pascal Baxter on 29/12/2022

    Great historical museum, worth an hour of your time

  • Richard Stubbs

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Richard Stubbs on 23/08/2022

    Absolutely fascinating and much improved from our last visit some years ago.

Traveller Reviews Seaplane Museum

4.0 sur 5 258 reviews

  • "Interesting history"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by skybus320 (Timbuktu, Mali) on 23/10/2022

    Maybe its my ignorance but i was unaware of the rich aviation history the lake had. Lovely greeting from the staff when we entered, they are very helpful. The museum caters for different languages...

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  • "Easy to find & recommended"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by AndyD768 (Vignols, France) on 09/09/2018

    Anyone with the slightest admiration for aircraft & aviators will love this place and where it is. We are English. Do not be put off by a lack of French language. The friendly staff (who speak...

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  • "Brilliant museum of seaplanes"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Rod F (Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom) on 07/04/2018

    Biscarrosse lake was the home of French seaplane aviation, from which seaplanes set off across the Atlantic and down to Africa. Here is a museum dedicated to its history, packed with beautiful...

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Seaplane Museum

Address

332 rue Louis Breguet
40600 Biscarrosse

Contacts

Phone : 05 58 78 00 65

GPS coordinates

44° 23'21.99"N, 1° 10'56.72"W

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