Museum of Aquitaine (Musée d'Aquitaine)
With over 70,000 items in its collection, Bordeaux’s musée d’Aquitaine has something to interest every type of visitor. The main body of the collection is archeological finds and artifacts from the region, including the tomb of the great writer and philosopher (and one-time Mayor of Bordeaux) Michel de Montaigne, and the Roman Altar of Tutela which dates from the 1st century AD. The museum also houses over 5,000 artifacts from overseas, including from the Caribbean and other countries where France was active in the age of exploration. An exhibition dedicated to the institution and abolition of slavery examines the close connections France has with the countries that were once its colonies.
Things to know before you go
- Entry to the museum is ticketed, and discounts are available for students, and groups of more than 10 people.
- The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
- The museum is right in the city center, which makes it easy to visit in combination with other key sites in Bordeaux.
How to get there
The museum’s address is 20 Cours Pasteur, in the heart of Bordeaux. It’s easy to get here on foot or by bike from other parts of town, or on the city tram – the closest station is Musée d’Aquitaine on Line B.
When to get there
The museum is open daily, except for Mondays and public holidays. It’s usually at its busiest on Sunday afternoons, so plan to visit at another time for a quieter experience.
Taste the Flavors of Bordeaux
The region of Bordeaux is well known as a wine-growing hotspot; in fact, wine has been made here for almost 2,000 years. Join a winery tour to see this centuries-old tradition in action, and to taste the results! Beyond wine, the region is also famous for its seafood—including fresh mussels and oysters—as well as foie gras, mushrooms, and truffles.
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- Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville (Palais Rohan)
- Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André)
- Grosse Cloche
- Porte Cailhau
- Bordeaux Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux)
- Rue Sainte-Catherine
- Basilica of St. Michael (Basilique St. Michel)
- Porte de Bourgogne
- Place Gambetta
- Grand Theatre
- Port of Bordeaux
- Pont de Pierre
- Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
- Quai Louis XVIII
- Girondins Monument (Monument aux Girondins)