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“A great museum-park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of MuseoParc Alesia

MuseoParc Alesia
1 route des Trois Ormeaux, 21150 Alise-Sainte-Reine, France
03 80 96 96 23
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Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Interpretation Centre offers a lively, interactive presentation of the siege of Alésia. Ancient objects and reproductions, dioramas, films, models, multimedia terminals and reconstructions of instruments of war present you with the keys to understanding the history of the site. Various activites are also offered, intended both for children and adults : workshops, audioguides for visitors, with the choice of a "child" visit with games, or an "adult" visit, a Toy Library for children from 3 to 8 years... You are plunged into the heart of the combat, encountering the impressive reconstruction of the Roman lines of fortifications.A full-scale immersion!Alésia is also...An emblematic statueTo commemorate the completion and the success of the excavations undertaken at Alésia, Napoleon III commissioned sculptor Aimé Millet to produce a colossal statue of Vercingetorix. 6.60 metres high, this artwork in copper sheet was erected in 1865. The stone plinth 7 metres high was designed by the architect Viollet-le-Duc.And a Gallo-Roman site that has been open for over 100 years !Following the defeat of Vercingetorix, the oppidum continued to be occupied. A prosperous Gallo-Roman town developed, particularly based on the activity of craftsmen specialising in bronze working. It was abandoned in the 5th century. The population has been estimated as several thousand people at that point. Of this ancient town, all that can now be seen are barely visible remains. They correspond to the foundations and buried structures of monuments and habitations constructed over several centuries.
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“A great museum-park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a fantastic newly constructed museum positioned on the plain where the Gauls were defeated by the Romans.

We started the morning at the reconstruction of the Roman fort by seeing 4 men display Roman weapons and combat skills - great stuff. The actors spoke French, but we could see what they were talking about. We then went through the museum using the free English audio guide. The whole thing is really well done.

The cafe had good local food at a very reasonable price (€6.50 for kids menu (drink, meal and dessert) and €8.50 for adults (drink and meal) - which seemed like a bargain, having just come from Switzerland). The museum entry fee is also good value.

There was a display of Gaul weapons and skills in the afternoon, but we were too tired. The staff were enthusiastic and helpful. The one thing I thought could have been better was the film, but that is because I have been spoilt by watching HBO's big budget series.

Highly recommended by my three boys (6,8 & 10).

Visited September 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“For history buffs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I did not really know anything about the Gauls vs Julius Caesar before I arrived. I learned a lot and the presentation was fantastic and used many mediums to share the experience. The roman military strategy was brilliant.
The drive to the roman ruins and the Vercingetorix (sp?) statue was great as that was where the Gauls were holed up.
My only critique, IF at the statue is where the holdout was, why let the trees grow to the point you cant see the views of the other hills where Caesar's troops were. One more issue, wish they had betters signs to get back to the highway from the roman ruins, we got lost and it took a while to find the main road again.

Visited June 2013
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“Must See!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This interpretive center was just built over a year ago and it is FANTASTIC! Clear explanations in 3 languages (French, English, German) and clear graphics explain the significance of this interesting location and battle. For goodness sake, there is proof that JULIUS CAESAR walked the same ground, The reenactors who showed how the Gauls and then the Romans fought added to the experience. We also visited the excavated town of Alesia high on the mountain plane. Really spectacular views. I highly recommend anybody interested in history not miss this attraction.

Visited July 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“allow 3 hours or more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Informative, stimulating and brilliantly presented - the background and history of Julius Caesar's victory over the Gauls

Visited September 2012
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Tours, France
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Check by phone that it is open !”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

According to the website the MuséoParc was open. On a rainy day, what better idea for our toddler than Romans vs Gaulish warriors ? It could have been the highlight of his holidays but after walking up to the entrance we read on a A4 sheet that the museum was closed... Wet and really really disappointed, it was one horrible day ! Our advice to motivated visitors coming in winter, double check by phone that the museum is open.

Visited January 2013
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