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Sousse Archaeological Museum

Sousse Archaeological Museum

Sousse Archaeological Museum

Sousse Archaeological Museum (Rue Abou Kacem Echabi, Sousse) — The Sousse Archeology Museum is located within the Kasbah (fortification) of the medina (old city) of Sousse, a World Heritage Site. At the entrance of the museum, a large vaulted room displays the history and the monuments of the Sahel region from Antiquity to the Muslim period. Located under the Kasbah’s main courtyard, the museum galleries cover an area of approximately 2,000 sq. meters, benefiting from natural and artificial light enhancing the beauty of the collections and their display. The museum includes mosaics, sculptures, lapidaries, and terracotta funerary objects, originating from a number of sites of the ancient Sahel region.

The mosaic floorings of Roman origin, which constitute one of the most important collections of the Mediterranean, are displayed at a level lower than the visitors’ or are fixed on panels. These mosaics, through their vibrant colors and their artistic compositions, illustrate beliefs, games, the arts, and, most of all, daily life. Three rooms display in dim light the funerary rituals of the Punic, Roman and Christian periods. Admission: 10 Dt. Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (9/16 – 7/18), 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (7/18 – 9/15), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (6/17 – 7/17).