National Archaeology Museum,

6 April 2009


About 15km west of Paris, the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye was originally a royal residence: Louis VI (the Fat) founded an initial fortress there in 1124; Saint Louis erected the chapel there; Louis XIV was born there. In 1862, Napoleon III decided to restore the château and install his national archaeological collections. Today the museum, renovated by Malraux, houses national antiques, from the first French peoples up to 1000. It houses the finest known collection of engraved and sculpted prehistoric art, among which the female Venus of Brassempouy is one of the masterpieces.
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Musée d'Archéologie nationale Place Charles de Gaulle 78105 Saint-Germain-en-Laye Information Tel: +33(0)1 39 10 13 00 Reservations for groups, workshops and guided tours Tel: +33(0)1 34 51 65 36 Fax: +33(0)1 39 10 13 35 Online Visit the museum’s website: Access By car: 21km, north-west of Paris RER: A, Saint-Germain-en-Laye Bus: line 258
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