I had huge expectations about this place. It’s of course the museum that had the most potential to me, it’s located in the amazing Palace Rohan (see above), and there is currently a temporary exhibition about the ancient city of Strasbourg – or Argentoratum.
Strasbourg can boast some pretty amazing findings. It has a great tradition of archeology, and the whole Alsace was thoroughly excavated:
I also saw excavations offers for students all over the university campus! I wish I could stay for one. (Actually, I’ve been recently wishing I could stay longer, just because people starting waving hello and smiling at me in the library. It took three months just for this… and someone wonders why I think the French are cold.)
So, what’s the problem with this museum?
Basically, no one seems to be willing to invest into it. I get the idea that the Musée alsacien and the Musée de l’oevre de la Cathedral are the most visited by tourists, because they want to be delighted with folklore and history of the piece of art that’s the most famous here. So archeology isn’t a big deal, even though they have the advantage of so many cultures leaving a sign on this territory since prehistory. This means the museum gets little money, and that’s not hard to see. It’s old, dark, small. Clearly, it hasn’t been renovated for a long time. Interaction is limited to a few comics questions:
I think it’s nonsense. The paint might be non-aggressive and all, but we don’t rebuild missing pieces, so why re-paint them?
I had even bigger expectations about the temporary exhibition:
Upon entering the first room, I was so excited that they had dedicated a whole one to how the specialists dealt with the problem on paper along the years! (Archaeologists can be pretty mean, it seems).
But then, I found the the second room was also the last one. Words cannot express my sadness at this realization:
After that, visitors were simply invited to go to the museum onto the roman section, that I had already seen. Huge disappointment.
All in all, I don’t think I’d recommend this museum to a tourists, and that’s huge coming from my mouth! Unless he’s really into archeaology. I myself was still happy I visited, but there were too many things lacking to make it a good museum.
One thing though, got me a really large smile:
Paw prints on pottery. Archaeology and puppies? Yes please.
(PS: I have huge expectations for tomorrow too. I never learn, uh?)