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Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Arles

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Founded in 1995, Musee Departemental Arles Antique is a grand archaeological museum with a wide collection of antiques and other objects discovered in archaeological excavations. The museum displays some monumental Roman sculptures. You can take a themed tour of the exhibits, or attend seminars or workshops geared toward young visitors or students of archaeology. The museum hosts conferences on antiquity throughout the year. To visit Musee Departemental Arles Antique on your holiday in Arles, and find out what else Arles has to offer, use our Arles.
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  • For people who lack fluency in French these exhibits are hard to understand. A few include English language translation but the majority required a translation app. The 35 meter long Roman brave boat....  more
    For people who lack fluency in French these exhibits are hard to understand. A few include English language translation but the majority required a translation app. The 35 meter long Roman brave boat....  more »
  • In a new building the story of Arles through the ages is well laid out from Neolithic times through the early Christian era with the major emphasis on Roman Arles. And the jewel of the place is the....  more
    In a new building the story of Arles through the ages is well laid out from Neolithic times through the early Christian era with the major emphasis on Roman Arles. And the jewel of the place is the....  more »
  • We have visited many similar museums featuring Roman artifacts in Europe but found this one being very special. Besides being spacious and new in 1995 with beautiful city and site models, there were.....  more
    We have visited many similar museums featuring Roman artifacts in Europe but found this one being very special. Besides being spacious and new in 1995 with beautiful city and site models, there were.....  more »
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  • Located just outside the old city of Arles...about a 15 minute walk from the edge of the city or a 4 minute drive...this is a spacious and modern museum focusing on the Roman history of Arles. While the show case is the old freight barge recently unearthed and proudly displayed I found the models representing the important structures within Arles to be more fascinating as it gave a sense of scale and perspective. The museum does not take a lot of time to walk through, about 30-45 minutes and if you are into Roman history than it is certainly a worthwhile visit. PARKING: There is small lot on site (about 40 spots) + an additional lot up the street (less than 5 minute walk) for another 65 spots. If during peak season and you had already found a parking spot in the city, I would think it would be better to walk from the city than to attempt finding a parking spot.
  • Fascinating display highlighting the history of Arles from the Late Neolithic through the decline of the Romans. So many New discoveries just in this century like the 30 m barge uncovered after a flood in the Rhône in 2002. Most descriptions are not in English so I would suggest getting the auto guide which was excellent. Loved the open and spacious building layout conducive to letting your eye lead you to the next interesting exhibit. I did not find the large area of sarcophagus at the end very interesting but the tiles were. Great bargain with the Arles monument and museum pass, Take “A” bus for 1 euro from George Clemenceau Boulevard.
  • A wonderful experience the Roman boat was worth the trip alone Wow incredible a must see if you’re anywhere near the area. Looking forward to coming back.
  • Great archeological museum about the Roman history of the region of Arles, France. Artifacts including some fabulous mosaics and a 2000 year old barge pulled from the bottom of the Rhone. Also has models of the Arles colosseum and theatre. You can visit those ruins in Arles also.
  • A modern museum with lots to see. Very helpful and friendly staff, no problem with just English. The barge is especially worth to look a bit closer on. The only let down was that many signs of the exhibits are in French only... Google lens works well but is a bit tiring in the long run.

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