Musée de la romanité – Nîmes

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The museum is open every day
except on Tuesday, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m

Last admission 5 p.m

Temporary exhibition
11 November 2021 – 8 March 2022

 

Portraits & secrets
of Roman women

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  • 25 Centuries of history to explore
  • 5000 Exceptional pieces
  • 65 Multimedia devices
Collection du Musée de la Romanité - Nîmes

Plunge into the history of Nîmes

Let us guide you on a discovery of the Nîmes territory and everyday life of the people who lived here over 25 centuries…

Explore Nîmes in Roman times

Journey back to the origins of Nîmes, when the Gauls would worship the god Nemausus at the foot of the sacred source, then explore Nîmes in Roman times: monumental architecture, recreation of the living quarters of a Roman villa, statues and mosaics, everyday objects and objects related to worshipping the gods.

Your journey continues through the Middle Ages, through an imaginary world and a profound Christian faith engraved in stone. A display that will help you understand the influence of the Roman civilisation and the traces that can still be seen today, as permanent ancient references engraved into the history of Nîmes.

An interactive museum

The Musée de la Romanité is a new-generation interactive museum, thanks to the use of multimedia devices throughout the collections, for a surprising immersive experience and to see Nîmes in Roman times from a brand-new perspective.

This museum is located opposite the Arena of Nîmes and was designed in a contemporary style by architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc, with a glass covering draped over the facade, much like a wavy mosaic. The Musée de la Romanité is both a scientific and innovative museum, a real experience, with a book-gift shop, gourmet bistro-style restaurant overlooking the Arena, and a Mediterranean-style garden. Finally, there’s a breath-taking view of the most beautiful monuments of Nîmes from the 360° rooftop.

The Musée de la Romanité is the gateway to understanding Nîmes and the surrounding area

The Musée de la Romanité is much more than just a Gallo-Roman museum, it is also an archaeological museum where you can learn all about the Roman influence on the area throughout the centuries. Just like the other museums of Nîmes, it bears the “Musée de France” label. It is the biggest museum in the Gard and one of the most visited in the Occitanie region of France.

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Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Gauls! To arms!

Guided tour and family workshop

During a visit to the museum’s collections, children will discover the world of the ferocious Gallic warrior, from depictions, archaeological remains, use of objects, etc. After that, it’s workshop time! Your little warriors in training will create and decorate their own personalised shield. Duration: 1.5 hours Children’s ticket: €8 7-12 year olds unaccompanied  

Lightning explanations

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This isn’t speed dating so you won’t find love, but you will find out lots of juicy bits of information! Why are the male statues not particularly well-endowed? What does the ideal Roman couple look like? Look for us around the museum’s collections for these quick explanations to gain intimate knowledge on works displayed in the…

Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Lightning explanations

Show

This isn’t speed dating so you won’t find love, but you will find out lots of juicy bits of information! Why are the male statues not particularly well-endowed? What does the ideal Roman couple look like? Look for us around the museum’s collections for these quick explanations to gain intimate knowledge on works displayed in the…

Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Lanista, train your gladiators!

child workshop

Free

By Acta, experimental archaeological specialist in sports and interactive historical reenactments Discover a new historically themed game in which, as the protagonist, you take on the role of the lanista, an ancient Roman gladiator coach. You must recruit and train your gladiators, negotiate contracts, and send your recruits to win fights in order to gain the…

A mosaic for the senses

Guided family tour

Walking tour, 3-5 year olds The museum is finally able to offer an introduction to its collections specially designed for little ones! Our small guests, accompanied by their parents, must help Romain the Dolphin on his quest to find his friend the little blackfin. To do so, they must uncover hidden clues within the different mosaics…

Goddesses: beyond gender

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

A goddess is not a woman. Her divine status goes beyond gender and the functions of gods and goddesses are not automatically assigned based on the male/female structure of the pantheon. There are as many goddesses as there are gods and they are equally powerful, going to war and participating on an equal footing with their…

Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Portraits of Roman women

Guided tour

Theme Portraits and secrets of roman women

Women make up half of the human race, but they are rarely spoken of through the course of history. This tour aims to set the record straight, by exploring the museum collection and the « Portraits and secrets of Roman women » exhibition to delve into the history of women in the Roman Empire. What is their place…

Ancient bling: the Gallic torque

Guided tour and family workshop

The torque was a very important item of Gallic jewellery. As a symbol of strength and power for men and sophistication for women, it was worn by both and was an indication of social status and wealth. Today we might say that the torque was a type of ancient bling! It was a solid piece of…

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The Musée de la Romanité awarded the Qualité Tourisme* label

Excerpt: The procedure began in the spring and the Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes was finally awarded the “Qualité Tourisme” label in October 2020. This French national label is valid for 5 years and is awarded following an audit to check more than 350 specific criteria, which is then validated by a visit from a ‘mystery…

360° virtual tour: The Musée de la Romanité is coming to you!

Excerpt: You can now take a 360° virtual tour of the Musée de la Romanité, in partnership with Impakt 360, a digital start-up based in Nîmes and Montpellier, specialised in creating 360° immersive content. An exceptional experience up-close with the artworks and collections, to explore the museum in a whole different light… A real experience of a virtual…

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Architectural interaction

Admire architect E. de Portzamparc’s creation, that invites the town into the museum

vis-à-vis entre la façade du musée et les arènes de Nîmes

The rooftop

Admire the fabulous 360° view that awaits you from the rooftop, overlooking the city of Nîmes

vue des arènes depuis le rooftop au couchant

The Café du Musée

visiteurs assis à la terrasse du café du musée de la romanité

The garden

Relax in the Mediterranean-style archaeological garden and find out how the plants came to be here and how they acclimatised.

visiteur admirant des fleurs dans le jardin archéologique du musée

The book-gift shop

intérieur de la librairie boutique du musée

La Table du 2

Chef Franck Putelat’s brasserie

intérieur du restaurant La Table du 2

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