Watertravel & Waterside DestinationsDieppe's Castle Museum houses a fine collection of carved ivory.

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Dieppe’s Castle Museum

The Château Musée overlooking Dieppe alternately housed the high and low of society before being turned into a museum over a century ago.

First constructed inthe 15th century, it was home to the governors of Dieppe. French kings François I, Henri IV and Louis XIV all were hosted here, but the Revolution put an end to that high living. In the following century-plus, the château did service as a military barracks and prison. 

In 1906 the city bought the castle and turned it into a museum. As Dieppe had been for many years the capital of ivory import-export trade, as well as the craft of sculpting it, much of the museum is devoted to its collection of fine examples of carved ivory. The intricacy of this work is quite impressive, to put it blandly. The museum also displays a respectable array of prints and paintings.

The château’s location on the cliff offers commanding views of the city and sea, and is easily reached by car or by walking up from town. The street which runs along the quay — Quai Henri IV — turns into Grande Rue, which turns into Rue de la Barre. From there you turn right and walk up Rue de Chastes which leads directly to the château.

The Dieppe Château Musée
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