MuséoParc Alésia archaeological site

route des Trois Ormeaux, 1 , Alise-Sainte-Reine
Bourgogne, France
Phone: +33 (0)3 80 96 96 23
closed on: open daily
Museum Type: Archaeology
MuseoParc Alesia

The MuséoParc Alésia (Parc Museum Alesia) is a history museum and an archaeological site located in the Côte-d’Or, Burgundy, France.

Above: an exterior view of the museum’s building designed by French architect Bernand Tschumi; photo © Sébastien Pitoizet courtesy of MuséoParc Alésia.

Opened in 2012, the center is situated in the place where, in 55 BC, Julius Caesar defeated the Gallic tribes led by Vercingetorix in the famous Battle of Alesia, therefore opening the conquest of Gaul by the Roman legions.
The MuséoParc Alésia is an articulated complex, located in a 7,000-hectare park and currently comprising an Interpretation center and the archaeological excavation site of a former Gallo-Roman town which includes the remains of a theater, a temple, and a basilica.
Further structures and facilities, including an archaeological museum, are planned to be built in the near future.
The interpretation center, designed by renowned French architect Bernand Tschumi, is the centerpiece of the archaeological site. The center is housed in an iconic circular building, overlooking the entire site and providing a 360 degrees view of it, topped by a roof garden.

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A view of the archaeological site from the interpretation center; photo © Sébastien Pitoizet

As anticipated, the MuseoParc Alesia’s permanent exhibition is primarily focused on the Battle of Alesia and its historical context. The exhibition is mostly constituted of scale models, historical artifacts, dioramas, audio-visuals, and interactive exhibits.
Live performances presenting both historical events and everyday life in the Gallo-Roman times also form part of the visiting experience at the MuseoParc Alesia, which also includes guided tours, special exhibitions, and educational activities for children and families.

The MuséoParc Alésia’s complex includes a ludothéque, a book and gift shop, and a self-service restaurant. The museum’s interpretation center is fully accessible to physically-impaired people, while the archaeological excavation site’s accessibility is rather limited.

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Views of the permanent exhibition and the interior of the main building; photos © Sébastien Pitoizet.

All images courtesy of MuséoParc Alésia.

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