The Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye has been home to the National Archaeology Museum (the former Museum of National Antiquities) since the Second Empire. Its extremely elaborate collections bear witness to man's industrial and agricultural activity in France, from pre-history through to Charlemagne. The famous Dame de Brassempouy, a Paleolithic masterpiece of great elegance and finesse, is particularly worth a visit.
Château - Place Charles-de-Gaulle
Musée d'Archéologie Nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (National Archaeology Museum)
Tel.: 00 33 (0)1 39 10 13 00.
Open every day except Tuesdays, from 9:00am to 5:15pm; from 1st May until 30th September, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 6:15pm.
Standard entry: £3.50; concessions: £2.30. Free entry for under 18s.
The many display cases in this part of the museum are classified by continent for comparison.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
When visiting the charming town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, don't forget to set some time aside to look around this huge museum that retraces the history of archaeology in its many display cases.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
The many illustrations hanging in its long galleries help visitors to discover archaeology as an art form.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
You can visit the museum and see these impressive skulls between 10:00am and 5:00pm everyday. While you're there, why not take the opportunity to take a look around the château.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
The National Archaeology Museum has several collections on exhibit, including the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Roman Gaul collections.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE