By walking through the doors of the Bardo Museum, you can learn just about everything you need to know about Tunisia. This museum is considered the richest in the world for Roman mosaics, housing approximately 90,000 square meters of mosaics.
It’s not just the museum itself that will have you in awe, the museum is located in a magnificent thirteenth century palace surrounded by picturesque landscaped gardens in the city of Tunis. The ornate ceilings are an attraction on their own. This architectural delight of a palace is a masterpiece in its own right, the museum which sits within its walls is an added bonus to enable you to get the full impact of this area along with the history and culture that once thrived here.
As you walk through the museum you will be welcomed by three floors of history and beautiful objects and mosaics including artifacts from ancient Greek times, Tunisian artifacts and Punis ceremonial objects. Its here you will find everything from modern jewelry to pre-historic objects.
Many of the Roman mosaics date back to around 2BC and have been retrieved from architectural sites in Sousse, Dougga and El Jem with many of the sculptures coming from the ancient city of Carthage.
The best way to experience the museum and enjoy the full impact of the history that surrounds this magnificent area is with a guided tour. The ground floor is filled with statues from the Punic times complete with mosaics and church mosaics.
As you head to the first floor you will find more mosaics along with beautiful statues from Carthage, an ancient city in Tunisia.
The second floor is filled with the most magnificent and awe inspiring mosaics from Acholla and Le Kef.
This museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30am and until 5pm in the summer. It’s worthwhile popping into the gift shop at the museum to buy the English guide to the museum enabling you to get full enjoyment from your memorable visit.