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Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique

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Address: Presqu'ile du Cirque Romain, 13635 Arles, France
Phone Number: +33 4 13 31 51 03
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We visited the museum expecting mostly Roman artefacts. Yes, they are there, though with minimal English-language labels. But most interesting to us was the reconstructed 2nd... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We visited the museum expecting mostly Roman artefacts. Yes, they are there, though with minimal English-language labels. But most interesting to us was the reconstructed 2nd century barge recovered from the Rhone with its many artefacts displayed around it in cases. A film with English subtitles explains how the ship was excavated and preserved. Much older than the ship in... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Pull open the drawers at the start and you'll see anthropological evidence of centuries of artifacts dating to BC 400. It's mostly in French from here on. There's an English card they'll give you but it doesn't say much. The touch screen shows water receding and canal dredging effects. Rice fields help desalinate the delta which has very salty terrain... More 

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Melbourne Aust
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The museum has a good collection of pre-history and Roman items. But its restored Roman barge is one of only 4 or 5 similar exhibits in the entire world. The cargo-carrying barge is BIG - 31 meters (100 feet) long. It was recovered from silt in the nearby Rhone River, It is almost completely intact, with minimal replacement planks, even... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The most impressive Roman monument in Arles, is the amphitheatre known as LES ARENES, dating from the end of the first century. The arena has some 40+ stone arches and lots of tunnels to walk through. Go to the very top and you'll be rewarded with a splendid view of the Rhone River and the city of Arles.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is well worth a visit even though there is very little English signage to explain what you're seeing. There is a brief English language guide that walks you through the museum, but it provides short paragraph descriptions of what you're seeing. However, since much of what's displayed are self-evident ancient statues, Roman artifacts and fabulous models of various... More 

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Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I visited this museum when first in Arles. I was impressed by the extensive Greek-Roman collection that had remained with this small-town museum from finds in the area. However, in 2007, the area and this museum were awakened to the most extraordinary of archeological discoveries, and this museum is now one of the most significant in France. The secret discovery... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique makes for an interesting visit. In addition to well-presented artifacts from prehistory into late antiquity, they have an ancient Roman boat pulled from the Rhone River and painstakingly restored for display. Nice models of engineering marvels such as a floating bridge and the impressive Barbegal Roman Mill (the remnants of which are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We spent an afternoon in this museum before starting to visit the sights (sites?) in Arles. This is a strategy we have used before and with the right museum it makes visiting the 'physical remains' a much richer experience; this is such a museum. The exhibits are well laid out and cover much of Arles plus lots of background why's... More 

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Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I had very high expectations before the visit due to all the great reviews. On arrival it was clear the museum was built around one fantastic find, a boat of 2000 years old. The movie on the discovery and preservation is very informative. After the movie one looks with different eyes to the large boat! For the rest it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

By way of introduction, please note that the municipality offers a free shuttle bus (marked with a red letter A which is also found on the signs at the stops it makes). This bus runs (every 30 minutes) from the railway station at one end of town to this museum at the far other end. If you are interested in... More 

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Address: Address: Presqu'ile du Cirque Romain, 13635 Arles, France
Phone Number: +33 4 13 31 51 03
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Provence  >  Bouches-du-Rhone  >  Arles
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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