Musee des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie de Besancon, Besancon

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The Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie in the French city of Besançon is the oldest public museum in France. It was set up in 1694, nearly a century before the Louvre became a public museum.
The collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'archéologie de Besançon are divided in three categories: archaeology, painting, and drawing cabinet.
Archaeology The Egyptian collection includes the mummies of Seramon, a royal scribe who lived in the end of the 21st Dynasty, and of Ankhpakhered, Amon's artist and son of a priest of the 26th Dynasty but also a series of statuettes representing gods, ushabtis, etc.An important prehistoric collection includes objects of the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age.The most important archaeology collection belongs to the Gallo-Roman period, it includes mosaics, other objects found during digs in the town, and the bronze statue of a bull with three horns from Avrigney.The medieval collection includes statues, stone sarcophagus and other relics.
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  • Beware: important art collection here! Perhaps comparable to Chicago fine arts museum, no kidding. Incredible Roman objects (do not miss the very mysterious bronze 'dodécaèdres', notice carefully the....  more »
  • Gorgeous after it's long renovation. Make sure to visit on the first Sunday of the month to get in for free, but reduced price tickets are offered for students every other day of the month. It'll be.....  more »
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  • It's a beautiful and spacious museum which was reopened fewer months ago after many years renovation. There is a plaque in lobby saying that French president Macron came to its inauguration last year. The entrance cost is 8€, which seems high for a local museum. However the ticket lady told us we could reuse the ticket to get entrance at Victor Hugo's Birthplace museum. At the Hugo museum, we found the same ticket also covers the entrance to Museum of Time. So one ticket covers 3 museums and is valid for a year!
  • Fantastic. It was super organized and the staff were incredibly welcoming.
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