Museum of Old Nîmes

Nîmes, France

Housed in the 17th century former bishop's palace, the Museum of Old Nîmes tells the story of city since the end of the Middle Ages through everyday items and bourgeois interiors. An essential visit to discover local traditions and daily life in Nîmes over the centuries. Local 18th and 19th century interiors have been reconstituted. The textile industry is of prime importance in the history of the city and is the subject of displays in the museum, with famous Nîmes shawls exported to the whole of Europe in the eighteenth century. A blue room is devoted to Nîmes cloth, the famous denim.

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Museums in France

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www.ot-nimes.fr

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Claude Lallemand (3 years ago)
Après cette énième visite, force est constater que le personnel en faction dans les musées nîmois n'ont pas changé leurs petites habitudes....(ben non, pourquoi faire silence lors de la visite des personnes qui payent 5 euros...) Nous avons donc eu droit, une fois de plus aux discutions entre employés municipaux (cette dernière semblait relever des mécontentements sociaux...) Fort heureusement les pièces présentées sont de qualité et méritent que l'on se penche sur la petite histoire...si ce n'est l'intervention non demandée d'un employé (trop) zélé....qui en avait peut-être fini avec ses commentaires syndicaux et qui amorçait un début de sentiment d’ennuie...!!!????!!!!! Pour résumé, des pièces de qualité dans un écrin d'époque relativement bien mis en valeur...gâché par les déblatérations sonores des employés...
Alex Kramer (3 years ago)
Certainly not worth 5 euro
Alexander B (4 years ago)
The building is well maintained BUT the museum is pretty dissapointing considering the impressive history of Nimes. Such a shame!
Tomàs Llorens Marès (5 years ago)
Nice projection on the Christmas day. It was about different child stories.
Vally Black (5 years ago)
During my visit museum collection was not on display, there was a nice exhibition about denim (fabric from Nimes and abroad)
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