Culture in Dunkirk

There are so many opportunities to have fun in Dunkirk while absorbing some local culture, such as…

Museums in Dunkirk

Dunkirk 1940 – Operation Dynamo Museum


Just a few minutes’ walk from the Port du Grand Large, in a former bastion, this museum brings the famous Battle of Dunkirk, during the Second World War, vividly to life.

Visit the official site

Maritime and Port Museum


At the Quai de la Citadelle, opposite the Bassin du Commerce, find out all about Dunkirk’s maritime history, port activities and sailing-related collections.

Visit the official site

FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund) and LAAC (Contemporary Art and Action Space)


Within the Port du Grand Large, these two installations showcase contemporary art exhibitions, a number of artworks and events. You can also stroll through the stunning sculpture garden, just minutes from the marina, with lovely sea views.

Visit the FRAC website Visit the LAAC website

Libraries and Media Libraries

Right in the town centre, on Place du Général de Gaulle, at ‘BiB’ you will find books, magazines, films and occasional literary events or book clubs.


Visit the Balises website

Walks and historic sites

Explore the town on foot to discover its historic sites, architecture and heritage Walks on the beach, through the dunes or along the port can also be rewarding. You can find more details of walks from the Tourist Office website.


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