Located at the old Latécoère base, the Biscarrosse Hydraviation Museum is one of the legendary places to discover in the Landes. It retraces the history of world hydraviation since the first seaplane flight which took place in 1910. A must visit during your camping stay in Biscarrosse!
Discover the history of seaplane in Biscarrosse
Lake Biscarrosse has seen more than a hundred seaplane flights take off and land in the direction of or from New York. As a reminder, this flying device is halfway between the plane and the boat, since it is an aircraft with floats as a landing gear. In 1930, the city of Biscarrosse was chosen by Pierre-Georges Latécoère to host the largest seaplanes in France. From there was born its legendary aeronautical base. Renowned aviators such as Mermoz and Guillaumet or even Saint-Expupéry piloted these craft, and are now part of the history of aeronautics. Because of their feat, Biscarrosse has proven to be the ideal place to host a museum of hydraviation in Europe.
This prestigious museum is divided into different rooms which tell one after the other the significant periods in the history of these floating planes. During your visit, you will discover, among other things, various supports and collector items that are exhibited there throughout the year.
The “Welcome aboard” guide is offered free of charge. It allows children from 3 to 12 years old to relive the epic of the seaplane in a fun way. The Biscarrosse hydraviation museum also houses a shop which offers books, gifts and various objects so that you can keep a memory of your visit.
A beautiful collection of seaplanes at the museum of Biscarrosse
There are also some devices preserved from corrosion in the Museum. They date from 1912 to the eighties. While some have been restored, the others are being restored in the exhibition hall, which covers an area of 480 m2.
Just recently, a new device has just joined the museum’s seaplane collection, the GRUMMAN Albatros, which took three years to restore. It presents itself as the flagship piece of the tour circuit. Thanks to new technologies, a "Biscarrosse Visite Musée" application has been launched to accompany visitors through the rooms of the Musée, through interactive guidance.
To come and see these devices, the Biscarrosse hydraviation museum is open out of season, from the winter holidays to February for all areas, and until the Christmas holidays every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. However, it is closed on Mondays, as well as some public holidays. The ticket office is open until 5 p.m. In summer, guided tours last around 1 hour 30 minutes for groups of more than 10 people. However, it is better to make a reservation in advance.