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Musee d'Aquitaine

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Address: 20 Cours Pasteur, 33000, Bordeaux, France
Phone Number: 33556015100
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Since 1987, set in the heart of the city, the Musée d'Aquitaine retraces...

Since 1987, set in the heart of the city, the Musée d'Aquitaine retraces the history of the region, from prehistory through to the present day. The museum exposes rich regional and extra-european collections of archeology, history and ethnography. This "Museum of civilization" presents each years several temporary exhibitions about history and cultures of the world. It offers to public a varied cultural programming: lectures, screenings, round tables, guided tours, concerts, meetings with foreign communities, educational workshops... Easily accessible from the tram B (stop Musée d'Aquitaine) or A (stop City Hall / Hôtel de Ville).

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For 4 euro you simply must visit this museum, it takes about 2 hours to see it all. You will get a good view on the history of Bordeaux.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For 4 euro you simply must visit this museum, it takes about 2 hours to see it all. You will get a good view on the history of Bordeaux.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pre-history section provides a good introduction to the Dordogne sites and caves. It is helpful to have a good understanding of French - it took me longer than most to translate the helpful descriptions of the artefacts.

Thank PatandGuy
Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we showed up at 5 PM on a hot Sunday afternoon expecting this museum to be closed but in fact it was open until 6 PM. We decided to give it a go. Fortunately, I have a pretty good photographic memory so I can enjoy things twice; once watching it and once remembering that I watched. There is a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One forgets how vitally important this part of France was to the Romans and the rest of Europe. This museum gives you a true sense of the trade that made it such a rich area, and how it was really a diverse and bustling center of Europe

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

A good medium-sized museum. Enough from different periods to keep all interested, from pre-history neolithic pieces, to modern times. There is a particularly good, extensive and unflinching history of Bordeaux's involvement in the slave trade. These parts are helpfully presented in English as well as French. A good way to spend an hour to two out of the sun (or... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The up-side: an honest facing-up to Bordeaux' role in the slave trade. The down-side: a failure to provide adequate access for people with mobility problems. And even the new displays have a faintly dated feel to them. Interesting rather than stunning.

Thank Mike H
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The Acquitaine museum is dedicated to the history of the town and region. Spread over two floors, it covers all parts of human history, from neolithic artifacts and pottery, to Roman carvings, to Medieval seamanship, through to modern times. With a good flow, and nice exhibits, it is worth the hour or two here.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

The museum is well set out with clear and well-illuminated displays. Information in English would add to the visitor's experience and the museum directors should realise that not everyone speaks French.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

A great museum about the entire region of Aquitaine. Don't miss the Paleolithic artifacts and the slave trade exhibition. Definitely recommend.

Thank Carolyn J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Fabulously interesting museum to visit, the time of my visit flew by. Top marks and special thanks to Jilda Zavala for a highly engaging, interesting and pleasant guided tour on the morning of my visit. Highly recommended. Also the temporary football culture exhibition was a fun diversion from the main galleries (see picture!).

Thank Richard C

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