Musée de la romanité – Nîmes

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The museum is open every day
from 10 a.m to 7 p.m

Last admission 6 p.m

Temporary exhibition from May 19 to September 19, 2021

The Roman emperor, a mortal among the gods

 

The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Last admission 6 p.m.

Live the historical EXPERIENCE

  • 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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Du au 19 September The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

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Browse the cultural programme for this summer’s temporary exhibition (19th May to 19th September 2021) Conferences Augustus’ Principate, a brand-new political framework Augustus’ death and his deification Mourning for a city and an Empire – Frédéric Hurlet, Professor of Roman history at the Université de Paris-Nanterre Wednesday 16th June, 6:15pm-7pm Les Res Gestae Divi Augusti –…

From Dalmatia (Narona) to Judea (Samaria) and Provence (Nîmes): what were the first Augustan (imperial cult) sanctuaries called and what were they used for?

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

The honours, power and privilege bestowed upon Octavian-Augustus after his victory at the Battle of Actium and his triumph over Egypt are what led to a deification which was portrayed in various forms given that it did not constitute an official status. We suggest examining the most striking forms, to be able to better understand the…

Staging the return of the golden age in Augustan theatres

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

This conference led by Gilles Sauron, Professor Emeritus of Roman archaeology at Sorbonne University, will help you discover the evolution of theatre production in Augustan theatres. We are familiar with Roman theatres, starting with the one in the French town of Orange, where the famous ‘Chorégies d’Orange’ are celebrated every year. The imposing wall that serves as…

‘Deified’ Imperial figures

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

The use of ‘heroized’ or ‘deified’ figures to represent the emperor and his family members was a tradition that could be traced back to Hellenistic monarchies and was then passed on to represent Roman generals of the end of the Republic. The size of the statues, how they were included in the architectural design, and especially…

Les Res Gestae Di Augusti, ‘The Deeds of the Divine Augustus’

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

Unveil the secrets hiding behind the inscription ‘The Deeds of the Divine Augustus’ at this conference led by J. Scheid, Professor emeritus at the Collège de France. The Deeds of the Divine Augustus, a monumental inscription of around 2,585 words, were composed by the first emperor Augustus and read at the Senate after his death. In this text,…

Afternoon tea conferences

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

Conferences on specific but rather original topics, organised in the relaxed setting of an afternoon tea — Association ‘Les têtes renversantes’ ‘Les Têtes Renversantes’ is a group of art historians who organise art history conferences and other events based on the principle of combining conferences with food and drink. Come and listen to a 30-minute presentation full of facts taken from…

Afternoon tea conferences

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

Conferences on specific but rather original topics, organised in the relaxed setting of an afternoon tea — Association ‘Les têtes renversantes’ ‘Les Têtes Renversantes’ is a group of art historians who organise art history conferences and other events based on the principle of combining conferences with food and drink. Come and listen to a 30-minute presentation full of facts taken from…

The ‘Augustan Gods’ in the Greek world: Hellenistic heritage and imperial ideology

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

When in 29 BC, the citizens of the provinces of Asia and Bithynia granted Octavian with divine honours, they were in fact a part of a century-old tradition that could be traced back to Alexander the Great. Contrary to the rule that applied in the west, the Roman emperors abided by a Greek tradition to worship…

The imperial cult in Hispania Citerior, the example of Tarragona

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

This conference, led by Isabel Roda, Professor of classical architecture at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, invites you to learn about the importance of the Imperial cult in Tarragona. In the biggest province of the Roman Empire, Hispania Citerior (‘closest to Rome’), the imperial cult developed very early on, but did not initially spread across the whole…

Virtual tour

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

Plunge into a fabulous virtual tour, on a guided tour into a 3D model of Ancient Rome. The public architecture of Ancient Rome is physical evidence of power. The basilicas, the mausoleums, imperial forums, columns, and of course the imperial cult temples were all built for the glory of those who commissioned them or to whom…

Free Sunday

Conférence

Theme The Roman emperor, a mortal among the Gods

Free

You’ve got no excuse not to come to the Museum. Admission to the Musée de la Romanité is free on the 1st Sunday of every month (except for July and August), for the permanent collections, as well as temporary exhibitions.

The museum newsletter

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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A real experience

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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