The museum of Romanity opening

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The museum of Romanity opening
© Nicolas Borel

The museum of Romanity opening 2nd June 2018

On June 2, 2018, the museum of romanity opened its doors to the public. In the heart of the city of Nimes, facing the famous bimillenary arenas, this museum is one of the largest contemporary architectural and cultural projects in France with an international reputation to open in 2018. It presents the city's extraordinary archaeological collections, highlighting the influence that the buildings of the time had on the development of Nimes. The museum offers a leap into the Gallo-Roman era and reveals exceptional pieces in an innovative scenography: augmented reality, audiovisual technologies, immersive projections, interactive maps...

An architectural masterpiece by Elizabeth de Portzamparc
© Serge Urvoy

An architectural masterpiece by Elizabeth de Portzamparc

The building, designed by Elizabeth de Portzamparc, echoes the history of the city with its façade draped like a Roman gown, with thousands of glass tiles forming a modern mosaic. The museum also invites to relax thanks to an archaeological and Mediterranean garden of 3500 m2, as well as a green roof terrace offering an exceptional view of the city. Equipped with a bookshop, a café and a restaurant opened by the star chef Franck Putelat, the museum of romanity is now without a doubt the center of Nimes' effervescence and an essential place to visit for travelers from all horizons.

© NicolasBorel
© Stephane Ramillon - Ville de Nîmes
Des collections archéologiques exceptionnelles
© Stéphane Ramillon - Ville de Nîmes

Des collections archéologiques exceptionnelles

La collection du musée témoigne du processus de romanisation qui s’est opéré dans la région grâce à la muséographie innovante. Quatre espaces, pensés par Dominique Darde, conservatrice en Chef du Patrimoine, séquencent le parcours de manière chronologique : la période gauloise, aux prémices de la romanité ; la période romaine ; la période du Moyen-Âge ; et le legs romain.

Tout au long du circuit, les visiteurs peuvent admirer des objets collectés au fil des siècles (peintures, mosaïques, objets de la vie courante, statues, etc…) ainsi que des maquettes et reconstitutions qui leur permettent d’appréhender les civilisations successives à travers l’architecture, l’urbanisme, ou encore la vie courante.

Les salles du musée ont été réparties autour de la reconstitution monumentale du fronton du Sanctuaire de la Fontaine, vestige spectaculaire placé à 15 m du sol, symbole de la période antique à Nîmes.

© Stéphane Ramillon - Ville de Nîmes
© Stéphane Ramillon - Ville de Nîmes
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