D’Alésia à Rome, l’aventure de Napoléon III at the Musée d’Archéologie Nationale

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 5 August 2020 at 11h19 · Updated on 6 August 2020 at 12h51
The Musée d’Archéologie Nationale – or National Museum of Archaeology – takes us to the footsteps of Napoleon III with the “D’Alésia à Rome” – From Alesia to Rome – exhibition. Thanks to many paintings, photographs, maps and items, we follow the last French emperor in his archaeologic journey in Europe and Mediterranean. An adventure to enjoy from September 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

In the mid-19th century, Napoleon III starts big archaeologic excavations in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. The Musée d'archéologie nationale tells us about this incredible journey with the D'Alésia à Rome, l'aventure archéologique de Napoléon III exhibition. Co-curated with the Grand Palais, this exhibition gathers many items from collections scattered in different museum, libraries, private funds and schools of art. To discover from September 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

Paintings, historical items, reports, photographs, maps, sketches, drawings: hundreds of historic and artistic pieces take us 200 years back, for the great archaeological journey started by Napoleon III. Looking to build his legend and glory, the emperor decides to walk in Julius Caesar’s steps in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, in Greece, Italy and Orient. Between 1858 and 1879, archaeologists excavate many sites and set up the bases of modern scientific archaeologic.

For France, this journey is also the occasion to show its scientific breakthrough and its modernity: each excavation site is thoroughly photographed, charted and documented. Soldiers, archivists, teachers, Church men, and other public figures are working to collect information and items and send them to the Ministry of the Public Instruction according to a clear protocol detailed in the exhibition.

The Musée d'archéologie nationale returns on the story of collections now scattered in different institutions and make us live again a little-known moment of history. As a matter of fact, excavations carried out by the CTG and the Farnese Gardens in Italy under Napoleon III remain unknown to the general public.

Whether you are fond of history, art, civilization or travel, go and discover the “D’Alésia à Rome, l’aventure archeologique de Napoléon III” exhibition.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 3 January 2021



    Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
    78100 Saint Germain en Laye

    exposition plein tarif: 6 €
    exposition + collections permanentes tarif réduit: 7,5 €
    exposition + collections permanentes plein tarif: 9 €

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    Ouvert les lundi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi : de 10h à 17h
    Le samedi et dimanche: de 10h à 18h

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