Until November 7, 2016, the Shipowner’s House (Maison de l’Armateur) is staging an exhibition on the arrival of airships and hot-air balloons at the end of the 18th century.
Visitors are invited to discover a rich collection, organized around a central light well in this architecturally remarkable residence. The collection reflects the public enthusiasm that followed the initial experiences of hot-air balloon flight.
More than 500 paintings, prints, pieces of china, furniture and objets d’art illustrate this “balloon fashion” seized upon by artists and designers, each one intensifying in imagination to evoke the beauty and lightness of these new machines, icons of the dawn of aeronautical history.
Shipowner’s House (Maison de l’Armateur)
3, quai de l’Ile
76600 Le Havre, France
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:45 to 6:00 p.m.