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Musée Frédéric Dumas

Sanary-sur-Mer | Archéologie - Histoire - Technique et industrie
Free Admission
The International diving Museum Frédéric Dumas exposes the public to historic diving equipment, most often unique objects that has been designed by inventors pioneers in the field of diving. The Museum, located in Sanary-sur-Mer, was named in memory of Frédéric Dumas, pioneer of hunting and diving underwater and arrived in Sanary-sur-Mer when he was a child.

Barthélemy Rotger (military shipyards of la Seyne) and Gérard Loridon (one of the first SOGETRAM, society General of maritime works and river, and divers diver the Gers between 1954 and 1957) decide in the first half of the 1990s to found an association of law 1901 which would manage a museum exhibiting historic diving equipment. The Museum then opens its doors in 1994 on the premises of a tower Romanesque of the xiii century, located near the port. The need for exhibition space led Jean-Luc Fiorina, president of the association in 2005, asked the Mayor of Sanary opening a second showroom. Street Lauzet-elder this second Hall opened in 2006 and bears the name of room Maurice Fargues, in honor of one of the first divers of the GRS. Maurice Fargues was the first victim of a scuba diving accident during an immersion in 1947, at 120 meters.

He was one of the three Mousquemers, precursor of scuba diving. He participated notably in 1943, with Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Tailliez, in upgrading to the testing of the diving regulator, invented this year by Émile Gagnan. He invented numerous scuba diving facilities, including the crotch strap, designed for wear on the back of the compressed air supply, or diving masks. He has also participated in the making of the film the silent world, who popularized the underwater world around the world.

11:00 - 19:00 / 14:30 - 18:00

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Contact details

  • Name: Musée Frédéric Dumas
  • Address: Tour Romane, Avenue Gallieni Centre ville - 83110 - Sanary-sur-Mer - France
  • Phone: (33) 04 94 74 01 04



Getting there

  • By train : gare de Toulon, gare de Bandol
  • By car : sortie de Bandol, direction Sanary
  • By plane : aéroport d'Hyères