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The Roman Museum

Facing the Arènes de Nîmes and draped in a pleated glass toga evoking an undulating mosaic, the Musée de la Romanité takes visitors on a journey to the ancient origins of the 3rd largest city in Occitanie. Much more than just an archaeological museum, it traces the city's history from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

25 centuries of history

Created in 2018 after the discovery, during excavations on the Jaurès Allées, of a Roman house (domus) and 2 mosaics in an excellent state of preservation, the Museum traces the process of Romanization of the territory and the legacy of this ancient past right up to the present day.

Both scientific and innovative, the largest museum in the Gard plunges visitors into the daily life of our Gallo-Roman ancestors: reconstructions of living rooms, authentic objects, numerous artifacts (statues, mosaics)...

The journey back in time begins as soon as you pass through the entrance gate, an impressive vestige of a reconstructed and restored propylaeum pediment. 

It continues over 9,200m2 through the 65 multimedia displays (video, augmented reality...) or by wandering among the 5,000 archaeological finds on display.

The site is part of a new generation of museums that combine scientific rigor and pedagogy.
And beyond its rich collections, it offers an all-encompassing visitor experience, with

  • its terrace offering a panoramic view of Nîmes and its heritage treasures,
  • its archaeological garden,
  • its bistronomic restaurant,
  • its boutique-bookshop.

So many good reasons to discover this must-see museum for all history and culture enthusiasts.

Achilles the hero

If the Musée de la Romanité is one of the most visited museums in Occitanie, it's probably thanks to the originality of its program: the Gladiators, Pompeii, the figure of the Roman emperor... Through exhibitions with popular themes, it attracts an average of 150,000 curious visitors/year!

From April 26, 2024 to January 5, 2025, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in one of the best-known episodes in Greek mythology: the Trojan War and its legendary character with a fragile heel, Achilles.

A monumental mosaic will be at the heart of this new event, taking visitors back to the origins of the myth and retracing the mythological hero's journey in a variety of ways:

  • A monumental audiovisual and immersive video fresco designed especially for the event.
  • Multimedia application enabling visitors to follow the major stages of the war and the destiny of its main protagonists.
  • Sarcophagus of Achilles at Skyros (210 A.D.) on loan from the Musée du Louvre, and a 12th-century cut depicting scenes from the life of this figure immortalized in the movies by Brad Pitt.

Film extracts will also be shown during this educational tour, which is open to all.

To find out more, visit the Musée de la Romanité at the end of April, and from now on, visit its website to plan your plunge into antiquity.

Valérie from Comme des Français

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Crédit photo : ©stéphane_ramillon / ©Julien Lefebvre / Cuve de sarcophage Achille à Skyros ©RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) - René-Gabriel Ojeda