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Musee d'Aquitaine

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Address: 20 cours Pasteur, 33000, Bordeaux, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 56 01 51 00
11:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Since 1987, set in the heart of the city, the Musée d'Aquitaine retraces...

Since 1987, set in the heart of the city, the Musée d'Aquitaine retraces the history of the region, from prehistory through to the present day. The museum exposes rich regional and extra-european collections of archeology, history and ethnography. This "Museum of civilization" presents each years several temporary exhibitions about history and cultures of the world. It offers to public a varied cultural programming: lectures, screenings, round tables, guided tours, concerts, meetings with foreign communities, educational workshops... Easily accessible from the tram B (stop Musée d'Aquitaine) or A (stop City Hall / Hôtel de Ville).

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Interesting exhibits following very early life in the area to modern times.

We had decided to go to the beaux-arts Museum but when we got there it didn't open until 11.00. Decided to carry on to the Musée d'Aquitaine in the hope that it would open... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Jane C
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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602 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be honest we expected a bit more from a regional museum, especially with regard to more recent times - there was barely a mention of World War Two for example. What we did like was the walk through history presentation of the galleries, and the slavery section was well done. Strange though to find nothing about viniculture, given the... More 

Thank malcsaville
Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are limited captions in English and no tape tours so there is a lot you miss, but worth an hour. There were very interesting exhibits on the slave trade and its impact on France.

Thank RochesterDoug
santa rosa california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Permanent exhibits range from locally found Cro-Magnan objects to Roman sculptures and modern day French displays. I found the photos and actual chains of this country's relatively minor involvement in the African slave trade (11 - 13 million slaves until 1867) particularly moving.

Thank valueralan
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved stopping by and touring the Musee d'Aquitaine while we were in Bordeaux. We had recently watched an episode of Rick Steves Europe that discussed the caves at Lascaux, so it was fun to see high-quality museum exhibits on the same subject.

Thank pointman9
westchester county, ny
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This place is a treasure - very easy to get to on the B Tram line (every 6 minutes). You start at pre-historic time, and travel to the contemporary era. Some parts are better than others, in fact, some parts are just awesome! --- some are just "ticking the box" - but it really is a magical place in a... More 

Thank connie s
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We visited the museum to fill in an hour or so and ended up spending much longer there. It's an absolute steal for only 5 Euros and you truly get a glimpse of just how old the area is, and the history that has gone down there. From archeological digs, to modern day history, it really covers it all. One... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

The museum was a real find - we spent about 3 hours going round. It's a comprehensive history of Aquitaine with a number of extraordinary and beautiful artefacts- starting with the 25,000 year old Venus with a horn. The Roman and Gallo-roman collection is staggering. The medieval section contains many strong links with England's years of occupation. Montaigne's cenotaph is... More 

Thank Simon M
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Nothing especially wonderful about this museum, so if you walk by or have some time to spare while waiting for something else, stop in and support the museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The museum has an amazing collection of artifacts from prehistoric to about the 1930s but pretty much everything on the ground floor (the prehistory, Roman and medieval history) is in French. The first floor is composed of history from the 1700s and on and the exhibit on the slave trade is particularly poignant and informative. Here the plaques are translated... More 

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Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We had decided to go to the beaux-arts Museum but when we got there it didn't open until 11.00. Decided to carry on to the Musée d'Aquitaine in the hope that it would open earlier - it didn't. Had a coffee whilst we waited for 11 o'clock. There are artefacts from pre-history to the modern day. The most famous thing... More 

Thank Jane C

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