The National Bardo Museum Tunis – A Walk Through Historical Artefacts

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The richness of the archaeological pieces found in the National Bardo Museum is astonishingly impressive. The second largest museum in the African continent and the oldest in Tunisia, it houses a collection of pieces through time that’s sure to leave you awestruck.

National Bardo Museum
National Bardo Museum | Image Credit : Bernard Gagnon, Bardo Museum – Carthage room, CC BY-SA 3.0

History and Background

Previously known as Museum Alaoui, the name of the museum was changed to the Museum of Bardo after the country attained independence. The museum building was originally a Hafsid palace, which was later expanded by the Ottomans in the 18th century, in the suburbs of Tunis.

Getting to the Museum

The museum is located 4km northwest from the centre of the city. Depending on which of the Tunisia resorts you’re staying at, the distance to the museum may differ. If you’ve chosen The Residence Tunis by Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts as your preferred accommodation, the museum is just about a 30-minute ride away.

Additional Information

The entry fee for the museum is 11 Dinars and the museum is closed on Mondays. The museum has a cafeteria in case you get hungry! It’s always best to check beforehand if any events are in line during the time you are hoping to visit so that you can plan your day accordingly.

The exhibits

Bardo houses several major exhibits; expect to see artefacts from the earliest periods of human existence. The building of the museum in itself holds historical relevance and you will be exposed to Roman mosaics and other antiques from Tunisia, Ancient Greece and the Islamic period. The Islamic department follows an Islamic-Arabic theme.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+

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