Lalonquette Gallo-Roman Museum

Lalonquette, France

Located in Northern Bearn in the Atlantic-Pyrenees, the gallo-roman museum of Lalonquette traced the history of a rural gallo-roman house build during the first century and which developed until the fifth century of our era. Supported by an elaborated museography depicting the restored mosaics and thanks to a playful approach illustrated by showcases of the collections, the museum offers to discover the specificities of the villa through several themes (day to day life, aristocratie, agriculture, architecture, etc.).

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Founded: 0-100 AD
Category: Museums in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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www.musee-claracq.com

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caro delamarche (14 months ago)
Great museum, the 2 guides we met today were adorable and a big thank you to the charming young lady who was able to adapt her speech to a very young audience
caro delamarche (14 months ago)
Great museum, the 2 guides we met today were adorable and a big thank you to the charming young lady who was able to adapt her speech to a very young audience
Chantal VERDON (14 months ago)
Very interesting visit. We did it with an audio guide and then the guides, passionate about it, came to join us. Tip: book the museum visit due to the covid. Bonus: first visit the museum then reach the site of the Gallo-Roman villa on foot (a few km). Picnic tables and toilets without water Remember to ask the guides in which churches you can see other mosaics (e.g. Taron)
Chantal VERDON (14 months ago)
Very interesting visit. We did it with an audio guide and then the guides, passionate about it, came to join us. Tip: book the museum visit due to the covid. Bonus: first visit the museum then reach the site of the Gallo-Roman villa on foot (a few km). Picnic tables and toilets without water Remember to ask the guides in which churches you can see other mosaics (e.g. Taron)
Coco coco (15 months ago)
Good little museum, good explanations on the site. Go there with walking shoes, there is a path that goes down to the ancient villa. Link between the two well thought out and pleasant.
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