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Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique

Presqu'ile du Cirque Romain, 13635 Arles, France
+33 4 13 31 51 03
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Ranked #1 of 31 Attractions in Arles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Art Museums
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Armonk, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Stepping in the foot steps of Julius Caesar one finds Arles was quite a prominent Roman village. This museum well displays that fact with antiquities as well as models that recreate the Flavius Amphitheater (aka a coliseum), the dramatic theater and Forum as well as the hippodrome (race track). Who knew amphora were specific to cargo- fat ones for olive... More

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White Plains
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Very spacious museum that gives a good overview of the early history of the area. Excellent maps,relics,mosaicsetc.

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Orange County, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Although the parking lot and environs are a bit run down and "dingy" this is a really well thought out museum. You are really able to get a sense and feel of Roman history. Quality displays and recreations abound, definitely worth a visit when you are in Arles.

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Wow! The artifacts are amazing...wish they had audio guides in different languages to make the details more interesting. Many of the plaques were only in French, and this museum has so much history and folklore to offer. The models of the theater and coliseum as we'll as race track helped visualize them in their glory days

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Los Angeles
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124 reviews 124 reviews
39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is by far the best places to park in or near Arles, and take the free shuttle around town. Picnic tables, and a nice park. English signs are common only in the newer areas, but appreciating the core of the exhibits: the models of the floating bridge and the flour mill, and the reconstructed transport boat (along with the... More

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Bedale, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Excellent collection of roman antiquities, from BC onwards. In particular, the sarcophagi are worth the visit alone. Very well displayed and documented, with many display boards in English. However, a slight criticism, the individual items on display only have a French description, so some knowledge of technical terms in French is an advantage!

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Eugene, Oregon
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The displays for the Roman monuments are very enlightening. Unfortunately, hardly explanations are in English. So try to learn some French and make your trip more enjoyable.

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Malaga, Spain
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were in Arles during the Feria del Riz. Unfortunately the centre of Arles was closed off and with the crowds, virtually inaccessible. We limited our visit to the museum. Fantastic. Everything was well explained, and for those people without a knowledge of French, multilingual guides were available. The comments on most of the show cases were in French, but... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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30 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

That's right, travelers say to themselves, "Let's save that museum visit for our rainy day." They seldom get to the museum. When you visit Arles, get to the Museum of Antiquities (as it was once known). It is just across the highway from the town. It has long been the repository for many of the Greek and Roman artifacts of... More

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Toronto
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35 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is a must visit spot when in Arles. Lots of Roman history here which will not disappoint This archeological museum housed in a modern building was built in 1995. It is home to a large collection of antiquities, including monumental Roman sculptures from the local region and a Roman barge that sank in the Rhone. The barge was raised... More

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