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Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence antique

Presqu'ile du Cirque Romain, 13635 Arles, France
0413315103
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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Arles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Art Museums
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Ontario
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Free admission on the first Sunday of the month was a treat, as was the AMAZING 3 ton boat dug up from the sediment in the Rhone from 50 AD. Mosaics, trading artifacts, marine equipment, the displays were really interesting from the times of Caesar. Showed also how the local forum was once inhabited with "parasite" homes, completely turned into... More

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Springfield, Oregon
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Arles became an important Phoenician trading port, before being taken by the Romans in 123 BCE who expanded it into an important city, with a canal link to the Mediterranean Sea being constructed in 104 BCE. However, it struggled to escape the shadow of Massalia (Marseilles) further along the coast. Its chance came when it sided with Julius Caesar against... More

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vancouver bc
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141 reviews 141 reviews
66 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We found this museum to be a little treasure. It is not too big or overwhelming like some. Very educational. Good for at least a couple of hours. Lots of free parking.

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Remoulins, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Roman barge or "chalan" is such an amazing piece, it is the highlight of the museum. We went there just for it and we weren't disappointed. Otherwise, the region is rich of roman ruins and artifacts so the museum is only a concentration of what you can see elsewhere in Orange, Nimes...

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Correncon-en-Vercors, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

More than you'd think you'd find in here! Plenty for a couple of hours or more. The museum is broken down into very helpful and interesting themes, such as, "medicine", "transportation", "daily life", etc. We loved it and will return!

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Hamburg, Germany
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104 reviews 104 reviews
45 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The museum has an amazingly rich collection of Roman artifacts that are well presented in an ultra-modern building (already crumbling a bit - if the Romans had used such shoddy construction, nothing of their stuff would be left ...). Sculptures, sarcophagi, everyday utensils, and perhaps most impressively a boat recovered from the muddy bottom of the Rhône. Anyone with more... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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415 reviews 415 reviews
269 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

After discovering a 30m long Roman barge in the Rhône River, it was necessary for the museum to add a new aisle to the building. The restoration of the barge took a few years but it is now beautifully displayed in its new home. A herd of antique treasures are also shown in the new aisle of the building. They... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Exhibits were very interesting especially the antique roman mosaic floors. All exhibits had info in both French and English. Go outside to the garden to play some interesting Roman games and eat your picnic lunch!

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Arles was fantastic. Gorgeous little town filled with Van Gogh facts. That is the main reason I was there. To do the Van Gogh Trail.

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Perth, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

If you are interested in Roman history, this fantastic museum is a must. Great exhibits – original relics, artefacts etc and fantastic models providing good insight to life in the region during Roman time. Recommend doing the museum first before visiting other ancient sites in Arles. Easy walking distance from town centre. Can easily spend a whole day there -... More

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