Nîmes Natural History Museum

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08 July 2024  |  Culture

Discover the museums in Nimes, south of France

Nîmes is known for its unique remains, notably its Roman amphitheatre, the Maison Carrée, the Jardins de la Fontaine. We invite you to discover the museums in the heart of Nîmes, between art, history and culture. Discover the Nîmes territory and the lives of the men who inhabited it for 25 centuries.

Nîmes in Roman times

At the origin of Nîmes, at the time of the Gauls with monumental architecture, the reconstruction of living spaces of a Roman city, statues and mosaics, objects of daily life or worship of divinities.

An interactive museum

The Musée de la Romanité is fully part of a generation of interactive museums. The use of numerous multimedia allows total immersion and a new point of view on Roman Nîmes.

This museum is located opposite the Arena of Nîmes, designed by Elizabeth de Portzamparc, an architect. It is both a scientific and innovative museum, it has a bookstore-boutique, a bistronomic restaurant with a bird's-eye view and a Mediterranean garden, as well as a 360° rooftop offering a breathtaking view. blows over the most beautiful buildings in Nîmes.

Museum of Fine Arts

3,600 works, with a collection of Italian art from the 16th and 17th century, a very beautiful collection of French art from the 19th century. Two monumental statues by Henri Bouchard which frame the access staircase to the museum built in 1907 and highlighted in 1987 by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

Carré d’Art-Museum of contemporary art

A modern echo of the Maison Carrée, the city's art museum was designed by Norman Foster. This glass and steel building contains a media library and rooftop with a unique view.

Discover the different exhibitions to admire: https://www.carreartmusee.com/fr/expositions/acteurment

Museum of Natural History and Prehistory of Nîmes

Inaugurated in 1895, the Museum today preserves hundreds of thousands of pieces of local prehistory, zoology (insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, molluscs, osteology, etc.), ethnology (Africa, Asia, Oceania), geology (fossils, minerals) of botany (herbariums, xylotheque, drugstore) as well as a library (old and recent works).

Nîmes Natural History Museum

 © Krzysztof Golik — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77088069 

Fountain Gardens

Created by Jacques-Philippe Mareschal, the king's military engineer, the gardens are today a favorite place for walks for people from Nîmes. Labeled by the Ministry of Culture, it is a haven of peace where it is pleasant to walk around.

Mareschal's ambition was to showcase the source and the ancient remains discovered, in a composition inspired by French gardens: with its symmetrical paths, its alignments of trees, the whole enriched with balusters, vases, benches (in the centre, the allegorical sculpture representing Nîmes).

Jardins de la Fontaine Nîmes

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