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“Fascinating”

Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Perigueux
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: UNIQUE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE Visit a unique museum in France which is protecting a vast gallo-roman house vestiges, the Vésone Domus. Opened since 2003, in the heart of archaeological and plants park, Vesunna offers a 3000 m2 itinerary of permanent presentation of antique Perigueux. AN ARCHITECTURE BY JEAN NOUVEL Jean Nouvel the building project architect has completed a great number of works throughout the world. He is in particular the architect of the Quai Branly museum in Paris. A large umbrella, which is protecting the antic walls, floats above it. From the mezzanines, an impressive view opens onto the vestiges. Further on, the high glass walls reveal the landscaped gardens of the Vesone Tower and the IVth century rampart vestiges. The building is like a window onto the past which is buried under the modern city.
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Located in a nice park setting with ruins outside including the Vesunna Tower you can walk about. The Museum itself is modern, well laid out and you can really get a picture of and appreciation for the Roman culture. Perfect 2 hour visit.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Well presented by aspects of life in the Roman time in Perigueux. Fascinating objects including real foot wear, grave sites, tools roof tiles. What a remarkable site.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We spent an interesting couple of hours at this museum. The ruins and artifacts on display are impressive and centre around a large villa complex. Sadly virtually nothing remains of the mosaic floors but you are able to get a good impression of the layout, see a well preserved hypocaust system and some remaining wall paintings. The models and illustrations of Vesunna were interesting, giving a good impression of just how huge the settlement originally was. What you see is only a fraction of the original.

The remains are housed in an attractive modern glass walled building which allows natural light in to show off the remains to good effect. you are able to walk through the remains on a raised walkway which also houses cases of artifacts. The wooden water pump is an impressive survivor and the only one of its type ever excavated. Museum staff were friendly and helpful.

Our only criticisms would be that the English audio tour was spoken by a non-native whose strange prononciation was a bit off putting. As the museum is a good 15 min walk from the centre of Perigueux, it would have been nice if the museum had a small cafe.

Thank Fairlocks
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

old style museum, with many similar displays. pretty boring layout. text ws only in french. it's interesting how the museum is built around roman foundations. i didnt really learn much.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

a well maintained albeit small museum. more on perigeux ratther than bergerac...quite a trip if you stay around bergerac area.

Thank Lisa P
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