Ideally located on the marsh, near the beach and the Vaches Noires cliffs, the Paléospace de Villers-sur-Mer is an atypical museum which invites you to return to the Jurassic era, 160 million years ago, when a warm sea covered Normandy. Spectacular, interactive and sensory reconstructions make it a cultural, scientific but also fun place! 
Open since April 2011, the Paléospace offers a permanent exhibition space of 300 m² focused on the interpretation of three sites located in Villers-sur-Mer: the Vaches Noires cliffs, the Villers-Blonville marsh and the Greenwich meridian .


The museum is organized in several thematic areas:
- La dinosaur hall of Normandy where large carnivores and herbivores are unveiled: the Streptospondylus, the Lexovisaurus, the Dubreuillosaurus valesdunensis ... These fossil remains, discovered on Norman lands, represent a first in France.
- Jurassic gallery, tells the story of the fossils of the Vaches Noires and Normandy cliffs in Jurassic. Large skeletons and small fossils make it possible to understand what was the environment which sheltered these marine living beings and how they arrived to us after 160 million years.
- The Greenwich Meridian Room, where we set off in search of longitude, following in the footsteps of the great scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries who went beyond the knowledge of their time to find a reliable measurement method.
- The alcove of the Marais, to discover the history of the 110 hectare coastal marsh, the flora and fauna that inhabit it. It is the only natural green space on the Côte Fleurie. Yet close to the sea, it is a freshwater marsh.
- The 360 ​​° planetarium to discover the cosmos in a commented journey through the Milky Way, constellations, planets and stars ...

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A cultural, scientific but also fun tool

The visitor is guided in its discovery by interactive models (multimedia, games ...), a tactile route, the museum collections and objects from the collections of the Paléospace partners: the National Museum of Natural History, the Observatory of Paris and the Museum of Natural History of Le Havre.

At the heart of the museum, a "cliff wall" crosses the entire length of the building. Its appearance evokes the cliffs of the Black Cows and the natural materials recall the proximity of the marshes.



The visit also continues outside the museum by exploring the five-hectare park designed as a free play area. The "treasure hunt" route allows you to discover the marsh, the gabion, the plants and animals living on the site. Children can have fun with educational games: an ammonite-goose game, a hopscotch-geological time scale or an area dedicated to "prehistoric animals". Adults take advantage of a relaxation area in front of the gabion pond (lounge chairs, chaise lounges and hammocks). The park also accommodates groups: picnic area, areas for outdoor workshops ...

Visit the Paléospace - Musée de France Practical details

Contact us:
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00

Our tourist information offices:

Residence of the Clock
Empress Eugenie wharf
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean-Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Toques
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Louis Delamare Promenade
(behind the aid station)
14800 Tourgeville
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