Musee De L'arles Et De La Provence AntiqueCurrently Closed
The rich history of the small city of Arles has been remarkably recorded with great care in this famous museum. Built in 1995, the modern and lovely cobalt-blue building of the museum is a beauty in itself. It stands proudly at the edge of what used to be the Roman Chariot Racing Track.
- The Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique is home to a number of striking Roman sculptures and a large collection of other antiquities.
- The museum also houses a huge compilation of Christian and Pagan art. This compilation includes absolutely stunning mosaics.
- A major attraction at the museum these days is the recently discovered ancient boat, known as the Arles Rhone 3, which is known to be about 2000 years old.
- The museum provides a wonderful view of the Chariot Track and the shape of the museum.
The museum can be visited per your choice in two ways:
- Chronologically, running from Prehistory, 2500 B.C. situated at the entrance stretching to the end of Antiquity, 6th century towards the exit.
- Thematically, corresponding to the characteristics of the museum's various collections such as daily life, trade, the economy, embellishments.
Preserving history with great charm seems to be the style of Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique which the elegant and spacious building seems to follow through and through.
- €5: reduced price.
- Free admission every first Sunday of the month.
- Free admission for under 18.
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83.61% of people who visit Arles include Musee De L'arles Et De La Provence Antique in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
78.26% of people start their Musee De L'arles Et De La Provence Antique visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Musee De L'arles Et De La Provence Antique
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Musee De L'arles Et De La Provence Antique
Beautifully curated and laid out. My favourite area was the ship raised from the bottom of the Rhone together with all the amazing artefacts found in the silt - glassware, jewellery, amphorae etc. Also loved the spaciousness of the exhibition that allowed you to wander among the exhibits and gasp in awe. Another highlight is the museum garden that houses loads of information about the Roman attitude to gardening and outdoor leisure.
An absolutely superb museum, we were fascinated by the range and type of exhibits, which are well laid out and with clear information. The Roman boat, recovered from the mud of the river Rhone nearby was a particular favourite. There are also well-reconstructed mosaics and a huge number of sarcophagi The building is modern and spacious, so even though we were on a day when entry was free we did not feel crowded. Highly recommended to anyone who is even remotely interested in the times around the Roman period in Provence.
Magnificent. A museum not to be missed showing to Roman history of Arles. Well curated and displayed delightfully with enough information plus very knowledgeable staff, keen to assist, throughout. Plenty parking and we'll worth the detour out of the town.
Vast collection of Roman artifacts. Found the model of Roman structures helpful in visualizing the time then. The Arles Rhone 3 (ancient boat) exhibit was well designed and the video gave a lot of context. Definitely worth a visit
Very modern museum, very well organized exposition, you can find many intereating pieces of the roman period, with expecial focus on the link between the people of the city and Julius Caesar. In the exposition has been reconstructed the hull of a ancient fluvial boat, le chanand Arles-Rhône 3, and just this piece, for itself, makes a visit to this museum worth your time.