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Archaeological Museum Théo Desplans

Leisure centre in Vaison-la-Romaine

Archaeological Museum Théo Desplans - Leisure centre in Vaison-la-Romaine

  • The collections present a complete panorama of everyday life in Vaison from the first centuries of our era. Models, drawings and photographs recreate the architecture and landscape of the ancient city and should the visitor on a journey through time and in the privacy of our ancestors.

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  • Prehistory and Early History Sector: The first windows provide a brief overview of Prehistory and expertise of the people of that time. A map allows you to view prehistoric sites found on the territory of the commune. Molding a domestic hearth, found on the left bank of the Ouvèze, and the sixth century BC sandstone stelae evoke protohistoric times. These first displays trace the development of the Gallo-Roman city with its own character. The visitor then discovers ancient Vasio, capital of Voconces.



  • The Gallo-Roman city and public monuments: The clearing of 15 hectares of relics from the beginning of the century and the comments made during the urban works, provided valuable information about the ancient city. At its peak, it covered from 60 to 75 hectares. The town of heart lay on the right bank of the Ouvèze which was dammed in its urban crossing. A mock recall of the dam construction techniques. Oak piles, on which rested the stone foundation, are exposed. Most of the ancient city remains buried under the current town, only a few public buildings and residential, commercial and service areas have been searched. Lead pipes, water distribution cases or water heater kept in the museum remind the visitor of the social importance of water in the Roman cities. Richly decorated, baths, bathing, aqueducts, theaters public monuments are all contributing to the prestige of the cities of the time. Hence, the museum offers a large place to the imperial statues that once adorned the theater stage wall.



  • Trade and crafts: This area presents witnesses of the Gallo-Roman craft activities, in particular known by the excavations of the area Puymin Stores. A showcase exposes the load cells used by the weavers and bone objects transformed by tabletiers artisans. Another presents tools: hammer, pickaxe... An inscription mentions the grouping traders corporations and workers. Many coins and amphorae reflect the effect of trade at that time.



  • Religion and funeral: The Gallo-Roman religion is characterized by harmony between indigenous traditions and the Roman and Oriental cults. In rural areas of Vasio, cults linked to fertility, land and men were essential, as evidenced by the inscriptions presented in the museum. Voconces worshiped Mercury, Sylvain or Vulcan. One of the most famous works in the museum is a marble head of Apollo, the second century, Roman copy of a Greek original. Everyday objects found in the tombs: perfume flasks, oil lamps, mirrors, reflect the funerary practices of the inhabitants of that time.



  • The Gallo-Roman houses: This theme is the most representative since the majority remains concerned private housing. The study of architecture, illustrated by models and reconstructions, highlights the methods of construction and evolution of the frame. Domestic objects presented in the windows (dishes, tools, glassware...) evoke habits owners of stately homes.


Opening timesMonday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Thursday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Friday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Saturday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Sunday: 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM
AddressRue Bernard Noël, Vaison-la-Romaine
Telephone+33 4 90 36 50 48


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A museum in the heart of the archaeological site
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