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“Unique! World Class!”
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Bardo Museum
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Full-Day Tour of Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and Bardo Museum from Tunis
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Owner description: Spectacular Roman mosaics are the high point of this museum.
Northport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Unique! World Class!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Bardo Museum has one of the most extensive collections of Roman mosaic work anywhere in the world. The preparation and presenation are absolutely world class. Self-guided audio available. This is an absolute MUST SEE if you are interested in the history of Tunisia, the Roman empire or mosiacs. 2-3 hours to do it justice.

Visited November 2013
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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“Surprising and beautiful”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

we had one day on Tunis and were taken to this beautiful museum. its amazing the reach of the Romans, and what they are still finding. we strolled around the museum with our guide, we accidently made a wrong turn and found a "Torah" discovered in 1887. they also uncovered some plaques written in hebrew... the mosaics were simply beautiful, so well preserved. it is a must see if you travel to Tunis. the people were so friendly and helpful.

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the most interesting museums I have visited. Although the museum has some special art objects of a different nature, it is quite focused on the subject of mosaics originating from the time the Romans lived in many locations in Tunisia after defeating Carthage.

The museum itself is located at a grand Palace where the Bey used to live, and the building is quite impressive with a mix is styles that encompasses different cultures and time periods but does not look like things were just put together - instead the decoration has a style of it's own. Not all rooms are ready and the new wing hasa lot of empty space. Informative texts in Arabic, French and English are found all around the museum.

But the real trove here are the mosaics. Collected all over the country, they are displayed both on the walls and on the floor - yes, there are that many. While some are dedicated to the mythology, other mosaics provide great insight about the daily lives of rich and poor people. Details such as the one found in the dice players mosaic - where the referee can be seen to participate in the game - literally help turn the stone representation into a kind of time machine.

For those who like literature, the Bardo museum also has a rare mosaic, one that shows Virgil. They say it is the only such representation of the writer.

The Bardo is really worth visiting.

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Pristina, Kosovo
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“Beautiful and interesting museum”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you are interested in roman history, this is a unique opportunity. There are plenty of mosaics that showing different aspects of roman life that time. On top, I've seen a few mosaics I found provided unique insights, differing much from Italian roman history. One example, I found particularly interesting was that Dionysus in northern Africa was attributed with different abilities and associated with different animals than in the original Italian roman history. Also, female centaurs are something worthwhile to pay attention to. Some negative aspects worthwhile to mention, the guides in the museum are not quite well informed. Ours almost ran with us through the museum and plainly ignored or made something up when being asked on more details. The joke of the day was something like this: "The man on the horse was clearly famous and rich, must have been a gladiator of some sort." Anyway, if you choose to hire one, they tell you to pay them afterwards. Do not on top reward this sort of behaviour.

Visited October 2013
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Boston, MA
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“If you can only do one thing in Tunis, go to the Bardo”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

I am not that interested in mosaics and I was totally in awe of the Bardo. There are more mosaics there than I would guess nearly anywhere else in the world and they are of astonishing quality. The mosaics are mostly from the Roman era in the 1st through 5th centuries AD, although some come from other time. There are also some archaeological materials from other periods. The museum is housed in the old palace of the Beys and contains several lovely rooms with original decoration from the 19th century. There is also a recent expansion (adding to several older ones) that I found to be very sensitively done. As a result, some maps from old guidebooks are out of date. There were many signs throughout the museum on history and on the art. They are in French, English and Arabic. A review below complained of lack of signage and these must have been added recently as I found them to be quite complete. There are, as of now, no restaurant or other such facilities and there is not much obvious to me in the immediate district.

The museum shares its grounds with the National Assembly and the buildings connect as part of the old palace. When I was there, there were a light tank and an armored jeep guarding the entrance. This is intimidating but I found the soldiers to be friendly and I walked around the Museum's grounds and those of the National Assembly without any interference.

Visited November 2013
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