The museum boat

The catamaran is the world's first museum boat. Designed by architects Axel de Beaufort and Guillaume Verdier, it is 47m long and 55m high. The boat was built at the Perini Navi shipyard in Italy. It can accommodate 2,000 people a day on board, and features an immersive exhibition designed with the exceptional collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, a sound experience developed with Ircam, and onboard artist residencies.


Onboard Experiences

Immersive exhibition "Présentes

Created in exceptional collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, this exhibition offers a reflection on the role and representation of female figures in the Mediterranean world, through an educational and sensory experience based on digital audiovisual technologies. The exhibition is divided into two parts:

  • An educational documentary on the aft deck
  • An immersive exhibition at the heart of the catamaran
Discover the exhibition

A sound journey in the Mediterranean by Ircam

Through a Sound Odyssey, Ircam and Ircam Amplify invite visitors to explore the sensations of the Mediterranean and discover new soundscapes, both imaginary and real.

Discover sound travel

Wilmotte & Associés Architectes

J-C Verchère

Artist residencies

The Art Explora Festival is a project for exchange, dialogue and cultural cooperation on a Mediterranean scale. As part of its mission to support contemporary creation, the festival will develop a program of cross-regional residencies.

The curators associated with the project are inviting artists, scientists and researchers from the various countries crossed by the Festival Art Explora to take part in residencies on board the ship, then in another Mediterranean city for a month.

Over thirty artists from fifteen Mediterranean countries will have the opportunity to develop their project and travel to another country in the region. These residencies will enable artists to create a narrative around this Odyssey, and support mobility and contemporary Mediterranean creation through a vast network of residencies, institutions, curators and artists.


At the invitation of the Foundation, French contemporary artist Laure Prouvost has designed a set of sails for the museum boat, evoking these aerial lands with sagacity and delicacy, taking us into spaces unencumbered by spatial and mental freedoms.

Laure Prouvost

Follow the festival route and the museum boat's journey

About the festival

Visiting conditions


The catamaran is currently not wheelchair accessible. Please inform us in advance of any special accessibility requirements, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.


Detailed safety instructions will be provided to visitors before the tour. For reasons of safety and preservation of the boat, high heels and stilettos may not be worn on the boat.

Visiting time

Total visit time is estimated at 1h15. 

Visit itinerary

The boat tour takes place in three stages: Discovering the Sound Odyssey on the catamaran's upper deck; Watching the documentary on the catamaran's aft deck; Visiting the immersive exhibition in the heart of the catamaran.