Nantes. The number of visitors to the Château des Ducs will increase in 2019.

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More than 300,000 people crossed the drawbridge at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne in 2019.309,000 visitors came to visit the history museum + and exhibitions, an increase of 2.5% compared to 2008.Rock shows! A Nantes story, Cimarron and Amazonia, the shaman and the thought of the forest welcomed a total of 152,000 visitors.

The exhibition Amazonia, the Spirit, the Shaman and the Thought of the Forest closed its doors on the evening of Sunday 19 January and saw 82,098 visitors.


A varied cultural programme (conferences, evening events, etc.) attracted 70,000 people over the year (i.e.-21,000 visitors compared to 2018 due to the greater number of proposals in connection with the Rock! exhibition).

A total of 379,000 people attended a meeting at the château in 2019 (history museum, exhibitions and cultural programme).

Three new exhibitions have been announced for 2020.They offer a resolutely contemporary look at his collections and confirm an exemplary positioning that constantly reexamines history, in resonance with today.

Three new exhibitions to discover in 2020

From 4 April to 3 January, the exhibition LU, a century of innovation (1846-1957) on the history of the Lefèvre-Utile (LU) company will highlight the avant-gardism of one of the jewels of Nantes’ industry, which has become international, and will reveal to the public that the château has the largest collection of original objects of the brand.

From May 6 to November 11, Expression(s) décoloniale(s)#2 will offer visitors the opportunity to decolonize their thoughts, their gaze, their perception on one of the reference themes of the Château: the Black Slave Trade and slavery.On this occasion, the Beninese contemporary artist Romuald Hazoumè is invited to put his works in perspective with the permanent collection.

Finally, as every year, the Nantes History Museum also invites you to discover a civilization.From 17 October to 9 May, the exhibition Genghis Khan, presented for the first time in France, in collaboration with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, will be devoted to the historical figure of one of the greatest conquerors of the Mongol empire.