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“Wonderful museum”
Review of Musee d'Aquitaine

Musee d'Aquitaine
Ranked #16 of 221 things to do in Bordeaux
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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).
Reviewed June 27, 2013

It contains the iconic Venus de la Corne in its archaeology section. The museum has a huge Roman section. I also liked the Middle Ages section. Really, the whole museum was very special.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

I'm glad I visited this museum. It is rich in content and displays, but the parts I liked best were about the prehistory of the Aquitaine area. There were detailed videos showing modern day reconstructions of how prehistoric human beings created their tools--everything from very primitive flint arrowheads to much more sophisticated small sculptures of human beings. It was fascinating to see present-day re-enactments of the tools and sensitivity that must have been necessary to produce these artefacts. Along with the videos, of course, there were many examples of the ancient artefacts themselves.

The Roman and medieval sections of the museum were less interesting to me; they seemed not as rich in documentation or artefacts, and I have seen much more of those periods in other museums. However, there were some marvellous examples of late-Roman mosaic flooring, one of which had a richness of colour and complexity of pattern that was astonishing.

The outstanding exhibit from more modern times was related to the slave trade. There are very moving photos of slaves in shackles. The exhibit does not shy away from France's complicity in the enslavement of Africans.

The museum was not busy, and it was easy to become immersed in the exhibits and not feel distracted by other visitors. This place provides a great complement to visiting prehistoric sites in the south of France.

To top it off, it was entirely free, a fact that surprised us, given the amount of funding that must have gone into creating the museum.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Full of beautiful pieces of ancient history found in the streets of Bordeaux! Lovely mosaics and stone work, and a great replica of the Grottes de Lascaux paintings, Also has videos of how man worked in prehistoric times. I loved it! And it's free!

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Free entry is a real bonus. Subsidies of such attractions make a country's heritage available to all who are interested. No Coke or coffee machines, no gift shops that we could see. How refreshing. The displays are well thought out and engage one as one travels through man's history in the Aquitaine. The Roman section is particularly well endowed. There are many treasures on display here that have been uncovered during Bordeaux well considered development, including an extraordinary almost complete figure in copper of the Roman god, Jupiter and superb examples of large sections of Roman mosaic pavement. Too much to see in one hit so next time we will concentrate on the 18c & 19c galleries including a large section of Bordeaux involvement with the slave trade. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Found the 1st floor more interesting than the 'early man' exhibits on ground floor. 1st floor deals with growth of Bordeaux from earliest times.

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