About Sousse Archaeological Museum

The museum in the Kasbah of Sousse's Medina was founded in the 11th century AD, established in 1951. It was then reopened in 2012, after renovation. It is the second largest collection of mosaics in the world after that of the Bardo National Museum in the capital of Tunis. Some votive stelae and urns in the Punic Room date from as early as the 7th century BC. There are artifacts dating to 2nd century BC. They were discovered by French archaeologist Pierre Cintas in the Tophet of Sousse and in the Sanctuary of Baal Hammon. The museum also contains some mosaics depicting mythological figures and exhibits some marble statues from the Roman epoch. The local pottery from Greece found within the Punic tombs at El-Kasbah; oil lamps; and some marble funerary epitaphs engraved in Greek and Latin languages are other attractions. 

Must See

  • Most valuable and second largest Archaeological Museum of mosaics in Tunisia after the Bardo Museum. 
  • Looks stunning at the foot of the ramparts of the Kasbah around two gardens.
  • The museum exhibits a collection of masterpieces of Roman mosaics dating from the second century BC.
  • The mosaics illustrate the importance of the region in Tunisia Roman antiquity. 
  • Admire the mosaic of fish escaping from a pot or the one describing the God Neptune, God of the sea and protector of Hadrumetum.  
  • Floor and walls decorated with mosaics showing God's victory over the young Indians, the chariot of Neptune or Venus and Dionysus, toilet on the back of a panther, both of El Jem. 

How to reach

The museum is located inside the medina, so you can take the same train as for Medina. Take the light rail as it connects central Sousse by the Medina (4 Station Sousse Bab Jdid) to Mahdia via Monastir. It stops along the way in various neighbourhoods in southern Sousse and the Monastir MIR IATA airport. Then, there are buses both public and private and run every half an hour. The best option is to hire a taxi.

Tips

  • Carry local currency as you can pay for goods and services including entry ticket with national currency only.
  • Exchange money at a bank or specialized exchange offices; the rate is the same for all.
  • After visiting the museum, you can go shopping. Medina is most popular for quality hand-woven carpets, leather products, and ceramics
  • You will enjoy the ascent of the walls.
  • Use the lift till the upper floor. There are cafes and toilets there.
  • Must see the interesting collection of Punic pottery in the Punic grave.

Visit Time

Day                       Opening Hours                       Closing Hours

Sunday                      9am                                            7pm

Monday                      9am                                          7pm         

Tuesday                     9am                                           7pm

Wednesday                9am                                           7pm

Thursday                    9am                                          7m

Friday                        9am                                          7pm

Saturday                   9am                                        7pm
 

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Waiting Time

3 to 5 minutes to purchase the tickets

 

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Entrance Fee

Yes

9 DT (Tunisian Dinar) plus 1 Dinar for photography.

Free for students and teachers.

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Time you can spend

Suggested time: 1 to 2 hours

 

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Weather

Light Rain 18°C

 

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