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Aquitaine Museum: photos, description (Musee d'aquitaine)

The history of the Museum of Aquitaine in Bordeaux takes the count in the second half of the XVIII century - from the moment the Academy of Bordeaux was founded a Museum of stone sculpture, which housed the remains of the Roman heritage. These artifacts were found during excavation works in urban areas that are periodically held in the period from XVI to XVIII century.

In 1963 the institution was renamed the Museum of history, archeology and Ethnography, and also became known under the name "musée d'aquitaine". In 1987, the Museum moved to the building of the former faculty of arts and science, which was built in the late XIX century on the site of the monastery, known as the burial place of writer and philosopher Michel de Montaigne. Aquitaine Museum is located near the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

In 2009, the Museum opened new facilities devoted to this complex topic in the history of colonial France, as slavery and human trafficking. Bordeaux was the second after Nantes port through which Europe arrived black slaves. Only through Bordeaux was brought about 130 thousand slaves. The Museum presents documents and other exhibits telling about the life and work of slaves, the punishments for revolts and escapes.

Currently, the area of the Museum is over 5,000 square meters, and the collection of exhibits has about 70 thousand units of storage. All these objects, documents, works of art represent the history of the historical region of Aquitaine and its main city of Bordeaux. The earliest exhibits of this collection date back to the prehistoric era, many of the exhibits are evidence of different ages - Roman, early Christian, Medieval. Also in the Museum you can see the exhibition dedicated to the Maritime history of Bordeaux, the art of the peoples of Africa and Oceania.