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“An absolute highlight”

Musee Departemental Arles Antique
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Small-Group Arles, Camargue and Aigues-Mortes Day Trip from Avignon
Ranked #1 of 74 things to do in Arles
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

The museum has an amazingly rich collection of Roman artifacts that are well presented in an ultra-modern building (already crumbling a bit - if the Romans had used such shoddy construction, nothing of their stuff would be left ...). Sculptures, sarcophagi, everyday utensils, and perhaps most impressively a boat recovered from the muddy bottom of the Rhône. Anyone with more than a passing interest in history should definitely visit.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

After discovering a 30m long Roman barge in the Rhône River, it was necessary for the museum to add a new aisle to the building. The restoration of the barge took a few years but it is now beautifully displayed in its new home. A herd of antique treasures are also shown in the new aisle of the building. They were part of the sunken barge.
After the Venus of Arles & the bust of Caesar (both copies since the originals are at the Louvre, in Paris), the Roman barge appears as the 3rd major treasure displayed in this museum. Really worth seeing.
As a reminder, Arles also has the second largest collection of sarcophagi in the world.

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

Exhibits were very interesting especially the antique roman mosaic floors. All exhibits had info in both French and English. Go outside to the garden to play some interesting Roman games and eat your picnic lunch!

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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Arles was fantastic. Gorgeous little town filled with Van Gogh facts. That is the main reason I was there. To do the Van Gogh Trail.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

If you are interested in Roman history, this fantastic museum is a must. Great exhibits – original relics, artefacts etc and fantastic models providing good insight to life in the region during Roman time.

Recommend doing the museum first before visiting other ancient sites in Arles. Easy walking distance from town centre. Can easily spend a whole day there - lots to see and absorb.

Labels and explainations are in French – a bit tough for those who have not done French. Tip : We found the French-English dictionary on our iphone quite handy to help work out some basic info.

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