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“From a small (roman) town in Belgium” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gallo-Romeins Museum

Gallo-Romeins Museum
Kielenstraat 15, Tongeren 3700, Belgium
+32(0)12 67 03 30
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Tongeren
Type: Museums
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Brussels, Belgium
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“From a small (roman) town in Belgium”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Tongeren claims to be Belgium's oldest city and when you approach the town you are reminded of this by the Roman walls in the middle of the fields. Roman Tongeren was an important stop on the road that ran from Cologne to the French coast and must have been an important administrative and agricultural centre. Outside of town, they have found the remainders of huge storehouses for grain. The Gallo-Romeins Museum tells the story of the Roman civitas, but it goes further back in history. In fact, the museum looks back at three waves of settlers of the Limburg area: the stoneage hunters, the celtic tribes and finally the Romans. It is not a museum with a huge and sensational collection of objects, but the exhibition is didactically well designed and interesting. In each room, there is one lead object, that in an amplified version, can also be touched. Models and short video clips put the objects into context and show for what and how they were used. Archeologists provide scientific interpretations of specific elements, without however insisting on a single truth. There is also in each room a media station that explains kids basic concepts of what is on display in the exhibition. All in all, a very cleverly made museum that well deserved the European Museum of the Year Award 2011.

Visited May 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“History set in an excellent modern building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

An absolutely excellent museum using effective lighting to bring to live the exhibits with very fun and informative children stations for them to come to grips with understanding pre-history upto the modern. Superb graphics, insitu grave sites and unique exhibits make it exceptional. Only 1 euro for kids to get in.

Visited April 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“It's clear why this museum won the European museum of the year award”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

This museum is extremely well organised and presented. Panels are clear and well lit. There are many maquettes to illustrate the Gallo-Roman period and before. The museum also has a great book/souvenir shop, and a restaurant that is a bit better than the 'quick cuisine' found in many museums. It is no surprise why this museum won the European Museum Award 2011.

Visited March 2013
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London, Kentucky
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“promissing at first”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

On the net in brochures they say it's a great museum. But ones inside, big moderen and cold atmo. Exibitions are not what they promise. There are better musea around to see that kind of historie and better presented. For me good for schools...

Visited March 2013
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Hasselt, Belgium
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“Well deserved prize winning museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I went to see the permanent collection and the temporary collection about Sagalassos. I love the way things are presented and the interactive parts. It is interesting for all ages. We tried the food in the restaurant of the museum but that was not ok. If you want to eat somewhere, go outside the museum : plenty of choise.

Visited May 2012
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