Parc des Chantiers / M.H.T.
Maison des hommes et des techniques
Bâtisseurs de navires (“Shipbuilders”): a permanent exhibition on Nantes’ workshops and shipyards

Created in 1994 by former shipyard workers, the Maison des Hommes et des Techniques (MHT) is an association with a mission to preserve and promote Nantes’ naval heritage and, more broadly, the region’s industrial and social history. It does so by offering visitors a permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and conferences throughout the year.

“Debauche aux chantiers”
Débauche aux chantiers

The exhibition Bâtisseurs de navires looks back at two thousand years of marine history, which have deeply left their mark on the region: major technical developments, naval trades, the working conditions of labourers and their union struggles are all probed. It also explores the river, Nantes’ port, its ferry bridge, and the major changes to the Île de Nantes district. Through tools, models, films, sound documents, the exhibition retraces the history of shipbuilding in Nantes for 2000 years: its trades, know-how, working conditions…

Nantes. An industrial city yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Nantes has a rich and varied industrial past, this history has shaped the city, its inhabitants and its identity. The Maison des Hommes et des Techniques focused its temporary exhibition on the importance of industry in the agglomeration, yesterday, today and tomorrow, to make known to the greatest number this human and technical heritage unknown.

This temporary exhibition will end in 2025

Nantes is transforming

Nantes is changing to become an even more ecological, inclusive, and dynamic city. To do this, new public works will reinforce our already existing ecofriendly modes of transport: new tram lines, green zones for pedestrians and cyclists, and more. From 2024, these major urban projects will disrupt traffic around Les Machines de l’Île and Parc des Chantiers, with the Pont Anne-de-Bretagne bridge closed off to cars (the bridge will remain accessible to pedestrians and cyclists). Solutions will be offered throughout construction to make it easier for everyone to get around, like: increased frequency of several public transport lines, more Naolib bike-share bicycles, and more parking spots in park-and-ride lots.

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