Musée Archéologique at Carnac!

Hello, well doing my rounds and picking holes in my blog on places dear and close to me. I was looking at this museum and wow do not have a single post on it just words in posts on Carnac. It is about time I give them credit in this post. I stopped by once the restrictions on travel were lifted within 100  km and I am only about 30 from here.

Let me tell you a bit more on the Musée Archéologique James Miln, Zacharie Le Rouzic just south of me in Unesco town of Carnac, Morbihan dept 56 of my Bretagne.

The James Miln Prehistory Museum or Archaeological Museum, Zacharie Le Rouzic, created in 1881 following the legacy of James Miln, is a monothematic museum in the town of Carnac. It also bears the name of the archaeologist Zacharie Le Rouzic. Located in the town center , it has been installed since 1978 in the old presbytery dating from 1877. It was inaugurated as a museum in 1985.  It is considered the first museum in the world for the knowledge of megaliths.

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The Association Paysages de mégalithes de Carnac et du sud Morbihan, responsible for preparing and submitting the application for inscription on the site’s Unesco World Heritage List, has its headquarters at the museum.

Following a chronological itinerary, you will discover a rich collection of pottery, ceramics, flint tools or ornaments, which allows you to touch the finger the daily life of the former inhabitants of Carnac! Through plans, models and objects found during the excavations, you also will understand the evolution of funerary architecture. In all, more than 6,600 objects are on display, with a particular predilection for the Neolithic period, which saw the birth of the first megaliths. In summer, activities are offered by the museum, including the discovery of prehistoric musical instruments or the demonstration of engraving on granite.

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The Neolithic period is particularly developed: it corresponds to the period of construction of the megaliths, real stone architectures made by men to bury their dead (dolmen, tumulus …) or more symbolic (alignments …). The evolution of funerary architecture is traced, from corridor dolmens to covered alleys. Daily life is told using objects found on archaeological sites (ceramics, flint tools, polished axes, ornaments …). The works, a real working museum of knowledge of our early worlds.Fun for the whole family.

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We always find easy parking at the place de la Chapelle next to the museum, and right by the tourist office. The best way to come here as train or bus is limited and mostly in Summers.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official webpage of the museum in French: Museum of Carnac on pre history

Tourist office of Carnac on the pre history museum in English: Tourist office of Carnac on the museum

The city of Carnac on the pre history museum in French: City of Carnac on the pre history museum

And there you go another dandy in my beloved Morbihan right by the beaches and around Unesco world heritage sites of Carnac. The museum of pre history is the icing on the cake or day! Hope you enjoy it as we did

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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