Musée d'Archéologie nationale, Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Musée d'Archéologie nationale - Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

In the western suburbs of Paris, just 20 minutes by RER from Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile station, the National Museum of Archaeology takes you deep into the history and life of the first humans.
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Description

The museum is located inside a castle whose origins date back to the 12th century. This former residence of the kings of France is still surrounded by the magnificent gardens designed by Le Nôtre, the creator of the gardens of Versailles, and by a gigantic 3,500-hectare forest. The adjoining royal chapel is a prized example of Gothic art.

Inside, the royal furniture has been replaced by jewels, crafts and armoury dating from the origins of the Roman Gaul era. You will discover in particular a representation of the first human face, “Lady with the Hood,” an ivory sculpture, dated 21,000 BCE. The museum offers tours and activities for children, and you can also discover the collection via a free mobile application, available in French and English.

After visiting the château and its collections, head for the terraced roof for an exceptional view across the entire estate and the Seine valley.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the National Archaeology Museum is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

Community facilities

Access and contact

Place Charles de Gaulle
78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year, except on Tuesday (closing day), between 10 AM and 5 PM. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Note: You are advised to call +33 (0)1 39 10 13 00 to check that the museum galleries are open.

Due to a high number of school trips on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, you are advised to visit between midday and 2pm or after 3.30pm.

Services

  • Tourist information
  • Booking of general amenities

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Single services tour

  • Guided individual tours on request
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Accessibility

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Access

Pratical informations

Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Parking
  • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
  • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
Accueil
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • free admission for one accompanying person
  • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
  • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
  • staff informed or trained
  • specific tariff policy
  • manual entrance door
Information
  • accessible information plates
  • all documentation graspable
  • performance room with a reserved space
Vestiaire
  • accessible cloakroom
Équipements
  • multimedia content access system
  • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • seated area available
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
  • accessible communal toilets
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
  • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
Escalier
  • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Accueil
  • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
  • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
  • reservation possible by webcam
Information
  • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
Signalétique
  • uniform signage to help people find their way around
  • text/image signage
Équipements
  • performance or tour assistance aids
  • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
  • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
  • subtitled audiovisuals
Ascenseur
  • adapted elevator
Visite
  • independent visit possible
  • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
  • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
  • guided tours with lip reading
Extérieur
  • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
  • exterior pathways visually identifiable
  • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
Accueil
  • interior pathways identifiable by touch
  • interior pathways visually identifiable
Équipements
  • Braille documentation
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • swell paper documentation
  • floor-level establishment
  • offset or no obstacles at face height
  • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
  • possibility to control the lighting
  • magnifying glass loan
  • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
  • audiodescription system
Ascenseur
  • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
  • elevator with identifiable call buttons
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
Extérieur
  • the dangers identified have been addressed
Information
  • brochures/documentations classified by topic
  • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
Signalétique
  • adapted signage
Visite
  • adapted activities
  • educational workshops
  • adapted room cards
  • specific tours
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
  • children's programme
  • childcare service
  • family tariffs/free admission for children
Information
  • secure and closed establishment
Vestiaire
  • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
  • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
Équipements
  • floor-level establishment
Sanitaires
  • changing table
Visite
  • children's/family applications for the tour
  • children's visit booklets/games
  • pushchairs accepted for the tour
Extérieur
  • floor-level pathways
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • horizontal support rail
  • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Ascenseur
  • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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