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© Lysiane Gauthier, mairie de Bordeaux
© Lysiane Gauthier, mairie de Bordeaux
© Lysiane Gauthier- mairie de Bx
© Lysiane Gauthier
© Lysiane Gauthier

Aquitaine Museum

Archaeology, History, Prehistory

The Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux is one of the largest French regional history museums outside Paris.

The sculptures of famous people on the pediment welcome visitors to a place where the most famous Bordelais of all is buried. Michel de Montaigne nevertheless wrote "when all is said and done, the only glory I have found in my life is to have lived it peaceably". The tomb of the famous author and philosopher is one of the main attractions of the room devoted to 16th century Bordeaux.
Prior to becoming a museum, the building housed the Bordeaux University faculty of arts and humanities for many years. Opened in 1987, this 3,000 m² museum encompasses prehistoric times, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Black Prince, Montaigne, Tourny, etc.

On the first floor, in the area called “Bordeaux and Aquitaine from 1715 to the present day”, there is a walkway dedicated to the Gironde vineyards: terroir, grape varieties, diseases of the vine, tooling, etc. An interesting approach for amateurs.

To discover especially the two spaces dedicated :

- in the 18th century, "Bordeaux Atlantic trade and slavery",
- in the 19th century and during the interwar period, "Bordeaux port or gate of the world 1800-1939".

NEW: the museum opens after renovation its permanent rooms devoted to the 20th and 21th century.

Their scenography is enriched with videos of ambient sounds and multimedia supports.

Rates : 5€ for the permanent exhibition ; 3€ reduced price
Free entrance with the Bordeaux Metropole City pass and every first Sunday of the month (except in July and August).
Free entrance for the young people less than 18 years old.

The Musée d'Aquitaine offers you an audio-guided tour.
The "Musée d'Aquitaine" application can be downloaded for free from your phone or tablet on Google Play.

Services : Lockers are available for your small luggage

Services, facilities, & comfort

  • Auditorium
  • Projection room
  • Shop

Practical information

From 2 January to 2 January
› tuesday : From 11:00:00 to 18:00:00
› wednesday : From 11:00:00 to 18:00:00
› thursday : From 11:00:00 to 18:00:00
› friday : From 11:00:00 to 18:00:00
› saturday : From 11:00:00 to 18:00:00
› sunday : From 11:00:00 to 18:00:00
Closed on monday

  • French, English, Spanish

  • Payment cards, Cash

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