The 10 Best History Museums in Aquitaine, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

January 15, 2022 Major Galusha

Discover the best top things to do in Aquitaine, France including Musee Regards sur le Passe, Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle, PrehistoSite de Brassempouy, Villa Arnaga, Musee Asiatica, Musee d'Aquitaine, Vesunna, Musee Jeanne d'Albret, Chateau de Duras, Musee Andre Voulgre.

1. Musee Regards sur le Passe

2 B rue de la Gare, 33990 Hourtin France +33 5 56 09 14 47 http://www.tourisme-aquitaine.fr/noesit/!/en/fr-musees/gironde/hourtin/fiche/musee-regards-sur-le-passe-48609/
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Musee Regards sur le Passe

2. Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle

24290 Sergeac, Montignac France +33 5 53 42 30 09 [email protected] http://www.castel-merle.com
Excellent
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle

3. PrehistoSite de Brassempouy

404 rue du Musee, 40330 Brassempouy France +33 5 58 89 21 73 [email protected] http://www.prehistoire-brassempouy.fr/
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

PrehistoSite de Brassempouy

The « PrehistoSite de Brassempouy » is a place dedicated to the discovery of prehistory, especially of the Paleolithic artefacts found in the Grotte du Pape. This archaeological site, nested in the woods, yielded a great amount of artefacts amongst which nine feminine figurines carved from mammoth ivory. The most famous one, the “ Dame a la Capuche “ (the Hooded Lady), discovered in 1894, is known to be the first depiction of a human face and one of the most prominent Paleolithic masterpieces. Take advantage of a guided tour throughout the museum to observe highly accurate facsimiles of those figurines as well as a collection of original artefacts from the Grotte du Pape. You can learn more about our ancestors’ way of life while strolling through the ArcheoParc where you’ll see life-size reconstructions of Paleolithic animals and human dwellings, but also enjoy flint-knapping, fire lighting and prehistoric hunting demonstrations.

4. Villa Arnaga

Route du Docteur Camino, 64250 Cambo les Bains France +33 5 59 29 83 92 [email protected] http://www.arnaga.com
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4.5 based on 856 reviews

Villa Arnaga

The author of Cyrano de Bergerac created a sumptuous theatrical decor for his dream home. The charming French and English gardens delight the visitor with their romantic walks. A veritable «poem in stone and vegetation», the Villa Arnaga has to be explored or reexplored :In 2014, you'll have the opportunity to admire the renewed gardens similar to the ones imagined by Edmond Rostand with their box wood embroideries, their topiary bushes, their plant vases, their mirror like pools. The "poets' corner " will surprise you with its lattice work. In a word a typical French garden with its perfectly geometrical design ! Open daily from April 1 to November 1. From April to June and September to November : 9:30 to 12:30 and 14h to 18h . In July and August : 10h -19h . In 2020, due to the Covid epidemic, our opening hours are modified. Please visit our website : arnaga.com

Reviewed By AnneLouise228 - Montaigu-de-Quercy, France

The gorgeous, highly individual rooms make perfect backdrops to the creative talents of the Rostand family in early 20th Century. The formal gardens echo the perspective. Unfortunately no tearoom because of the Confinement but nevertheless, a deligtful outing.

5. Musee Asiatica

1 Rue Guy Petit, 64200 Biarritz France +33 5 59 22 78 78 [email protected] http://www.musee-asiatica.com/
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Musee Asiatica

Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese collections with more than 1,000 objects including more than 100 masterpieces on two levels.

6. Musee d'Aquitaine

20 cours Pasteur, 33000, Bordeaux France +33 5 56 01 51 00 [email protected] http://www.musee-aquitaine-bordeaux.fr
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4.5 based on 734 reviews

Musee d'Aquitaine

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).

Reviewed By SergioR1 - Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Centrally located and near a tramway spot. A good way to understand the city and region. Superb collection of Roman archeology: mosaics, statues, estellas etc. Good collection of local ethnographic history, world cultures and slave trade. City development and main trade. All well presented in different languages: French, English & Spanish. Friendly staff you can get out and back into the museum with your ticket.

7. Vesunna

20 rue du 26e Regiment D Infanterie Parc de Vésone, 24000, Perigueux France +33 5 53 53 00 92 [email protected] http://www.perigueux-vesunna.fr
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4.5 based on 562 reviews

Vesunna

UNIQUE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE Visit a unique museum in France which is protecting a vast gallo-roman house vestiges, the Vésone Domus. Opened since 2003, in the heart of archaeological and plants park, Vesunna offers a 3000 m2 itinerary of permanent presentation of antique Perigueux. AN ARCHITECTURE BY JEAN NOUVEL Jean Nouvel the building project architect has completed a great number of works throughout the world. He is in particular the architect of the Quai Branly museum in Paris. A large umbrella, which is protecting the antic walls, floats above it. From the mezzanines, an impressive view opens onto the vestiges. Further on, the high glass walls reveal the landscaped gardens of the Vesone Tower and the IVth century rampart vestiges. The building is like a window onto the past which is buried under the modern city.

Reviewed By eddie365 - Alrewas, United Kingdom

What a wonderful experience visiting this exceptional Roman villa complex that has been excavated and expertly enveloped in a weatherproof building. The space is light and airy, the attention to detail is fascinating, and you can really visualise what you are seeing and how it looked in its heyday. There is an excellent film that is worth seeing to show the development of the site and aide visualisation that runs for about 10 minutes and alternates between French and English. The audio guide is functional, and dual / triple language descriptions around the exhibit would be useful for non-French speakers, but this is not to detract fom a great experience,

8. Musee Jeanne d'Albret

37 rue Bourg Vieux Accès possible par les jardins, avenue de la Moutète, 64300, Orthez France +33 5 59 69 14 03 [email protected] http://www.museejeannedalbret.com
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Musee Jeanne d'Albret

In the house of Jeanne d'Albret, this museum presents an important collection of objects and documents retracing the history of protestantism in Bearn from the Reformation to the begining of the twentieth century.

9. Chateau de Duras

Place du Chateau, 47120 Duras, Pays de Duras France +33 5 33 14 00 38 [email protected] http://www.chateau-de-duras.com/
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4.5 based on 385 reviews

Chateau de Duras

Through the different periods : middle age, french Renaissance and french Revolution, Duras fortress has been the testimony of lots of upheavals. The Durfort-Duras, by then dukes of France transformed the castle into a magnificent mansion at the XVII° century. Go through the history and ancient architecture visiting the 30 rooms of this castle, now classified an historical monument.

Reviewed By brearscaine

Great fun for kids, lots of interactive experiences, multi-media shows etc. Watch out for the secret door! Views from the top tower well worth the climb!

10. Musee Andre Voulgre

Entree 2 rue Raoul Grassin, 24400 Mussidan France +33 5 53 81 23 55 [email protected] http://museevoulgre.fr
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Musee Andre Voulgre

The André Voulgre’s Museum. Dr Voulgre collected the objects of everyday life that fell into disuse and created a museum of folk art in his chartreuse. Today it’s possible to visit it and travel back in time.

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