Although many nations around the world have impressive nautical histories, there is no doubt that France ranks up there with the most fascinating of all, and people in search of things to do in Paris can learn all about it at the National Navy Museum.
Located in the Palais de Chaillot, visitors to the Musee National de la Marine will find a venue dedicated to the French Navy's long and illustrious history, where they can trace the force from its humble origins to becoming one of the world's most intimidating nautical presences.
The museum features some stunning ships, such as frigates, liners, steamers and battleships, as well as beautiful works of art showing these vessels in all their glory, including 13 images of French ports by Vernet.
There is an impressive collection of marine artefacts from the 17th and 18th century, including a barge commissioned for Napoleon, while visitors can also learn about modern naval techniques and how they are influenced by the forces of the past.
Lovers of history and the sea, or simply people wanting to explore one of the most absorbing Paris attractions, will be in their element at the National Navy Museum.