This museum presents the family of Lapérouse (de Galaup), the house where he was born, Albi during the eighteenth century, and his departure for Brest. It also documents the navigator’s campaigns in the Indian Ocean and along the coasts of America and provides information on ships, nautical instruments, and weapons of the period.
Also found in the museum are materials related to the preparation and execution of the Pacific voyage, the research (since D’Entrecasteaux) carried out following the expedition’s disappearance, and the examination of the wreckage recovered by Peter Dillon and Dumont d’Urville.
The museum retraces the successives stages in the history of an expedition initiated by Louis XVI and the maréchal de Castries, who valued Lapérouse’s humane qualities.
On board the Boussole and the Astrolabe, 225 sailors, scientists, and artists leave Brest in 1785 and sail along the coasts of Alaska, California, China . . .
In 1788, a cyclone breaks up the ships at Vanikoro, a small Pacific island, part of the Salomons.
Stained glass windows show images of boats, nautical instruments, edged weapons, and firearms . . .One corner particularly calls to mind the botanical aspects of the expedition. One can consult different works and see films produced during subsequent expeditions to Vanikoro.