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Businesspeople and smugglers alike people this museum's history of society from a merchantile perspective.

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National Customs Museum

A look at the sometimes controversial history of commerce in this part of France.

In this museum opened in the 1980s in Place de la Bourse - the only one of its type in France - uniforms, scale models, weapons, and documents help paint a picture of the sometimes controversial history of commerce in Bordeaux from the 17th century to the present day, including both honest businesspeople and smugglers. The museum also explains the role of customs to the French economy in commercial treaties in different eras. In recent years the exhibitions have been complemented by multimedia and cultural activities. More than simply talking about tariffs and such, this engaging museum tries to add to knowledge of societal evolution from a mercantile standpoint.



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