The archaeological museum of Strasbourg is one of the largest of its kind in France.
It has been housed since the end of the 19th century in the basement of the Rohan Palace, built in 1742 to become the new palace of the prince-bishops of the Alsatian capital. Classified in 1920, the classical-style building also houses the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts.
The first collections of the archaeological museum of Strasbourg were gathered from the 18th century.
To date, the establishment that belongs to the town has a fund of 600 000 pieces covering 600 000 years from the Paleolithic period to the beginnings of the Middle Ages through the Gallo-Roman and the Merovingian period.
Tools and everyday objects, weapons, jewelery, frescoes, all the pieces and works of art of the museum have been unearthed in Alsace.
Among the masterpieces of the museum, a 4 m high Roman family mausoleum dating from the first century AD that housed three burials, discovered in Strasbourg same, a bird-shaped vase dating from the Neolithic, a funeral car Celtic or objects including jewels found in a burial likely to have been that of a rider from the Attila (fifth century).
Having undergone a complete museographic reorganization from 1988 to 1992, the museum is regularly enriched with the ongoing archaeological sites in the region, presenting a permanent collection and thematic temporary exhibitions.
Open every day except Tuesday and January 1st, Good Friday, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, December 25th. Rates: 3.50 and 6.50 euros (free for children under 18). Information on +33 3 68 98 51 60.