Audioguide Soon available !

Download the audio-guide

Discover the temporary exhibition with the audio-guide : 34 tracks in English comment the exhibition area and the essential works Rent the audio-guide at the reception desk (fee per person : 2 €) Free wifi connection in the museum or 3G/4G connection
Free Wifi in museum

Download audioguide (34 tracks .zip)

English Audioguide Khâemouaset - 160 Mo

Recording made September 30, 2016 in the premises of I record studio in La Celle (Var) with the voice of Janice Lert (English) and Anne-Céline Bolard (French).

The exhibition

This exhibition presents more than 140 rare pieces on loan from the prestigious collections of the Louvre and the British Museum. It explores the relationship between power and knowledge in the world of Ancient Egypt, and the fascinating personality of Khaemouaset, the “father” of archaeology and son of the pharaoh Ramses II. This person and his contemporaries allow us to focus on the wealth of knowledge of the Egyptian elite and its considerable intellectual legacy. The exhibition combines seven themes :

The son of Ramses II
Khaemouaset was the third child that his queen gave to Ramses II. He had an older brother and sister, Ramses and Bentanat, but it was his younger brother Merenptah who became king of Egypt after the very long reign of Ramses II.

Prince and priest of the god Ptah
Khaemouaset was destined to become a priest and, as a young boy, went to live with the clergy of the god Ptah in Memphis. There he undertook to restore the funerary monuments of the old kings, a grand project of his father. His interest for the past gave him the reputation of the first archaeologist in history.

The Serapeum
As grand priest of the god Ptah, Khaemouaset undertook enlarging and decorating his temple, but he is especially known for his implication in promoting the sacred bull Apis, the living representation of Ptah on earth. Under Khaemouaset’s direction, the Little Tombs were dug, to become the new places of burial for the mummies of the animal.

A man of wisdom and letters
Khaemouaset received a good education in letters and theology. The system of education was founded on learning to write by copying, among other things, the compiled wisdom of the Middle Kingdom. His interest in history was also evident in his project for developing and restoring the monuments in the plain of Memphis.

Egypt and science
Our first use of the word “science” referring to rational thought comes from the Greeks. However the ancient Egyptians had found ways of solving their problems. Thus mathematics were used to measure a pyramid or agricultural land, and observing the stars, for religious reasons, resulted in the discovery of the 365-day year.

The tomb of the prince
Furnishings from the tomb of Khaemouaset are preserved in the Louvre, but the tomb itself has never been found; the exhibition explores different hypotheses in connection with the search.

Khaemouaset’s legacy
The memory that he left was so vivid that, long after his disappearance, he was still remembered, especially as a wise man, gifted with great scholarship. Nowadays, Isabelle Dethan, an author of comic books, has decided to bring him back to life and help renew the myth by inventing stories about him in a series Sur les terres d’Horus. The exhibition closes with an exhibit of the original drawings for this series.

Catalogue of the exhibition

320 pages, 350 photos. 30€

Khaemouaset, by the pen and brush of Isabelle Dethan

An exhibition in the exhibition…original comic book drawings
Free entrance, first come first serve in the space available on the second floor.

Friday November 4, 3:00-5:00 PM Isabelle Dethan, artist and author of comic books, will sign her books. Followed by a lecture-debate.

Saturday November 5, at 11:00 AM Discover the exhibition with Isabelle Dethan and Alain Charron (Egyptologist, exhibition commissioner). Free, no reservation necessary.
Egypt will be the theme of the 2016 edition of the Comic Book festival in Fontvieille. Meet Isabelle Dethan and Mazan on November 5 and 6. Information :


Guided visits for individual visitors

Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 PM
Limited number of participants, tickets on sale the same day only from 10:00 AM on, no reservations. 2 € plus museum entrance ticket; free for museum subscribers.

Guided visits for groups

10 persons and more Reserve a guide and a scheduled time at : 80 €. For 30 people. Rates applicable until December 31, 2016.

Family visit

Dimanches 30 oct., 20 nov., 18 déc., à 10h
Children 6 to 12 years. Reservation 04 13 31 51 48.
Free for children and their accompanists.

School groups

Visit with a museum monitor from ages 6 to 18.
Length : 1h. Reserve at

Evening visit

Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 PM
Open specially for the Provence Prestige salon.

Visit in sign language

Sunday December 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM - for adults
With a museum monitor and an LSF interpreter (French/ French sign language) Reservations : genevieve. Fax : ASIP Text message :

A brochure for a family visit

Free at the museum reception desk



In the museum auditorium Free in the limit of available seating

Monday Oct. 17 at 6:00 PM
“Writing and power in Ancient Egypt”. Ancient Egypt” By Dominique Fanout, professor at the Ecole du Louvre, Institut Kheops, Institut Catholique de Paris.

Tuesday Oct. 18 at 6:00 PM
“Egyptian science : an invention of the Greeks?” By Christophe Barbotin, head curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the Louvre. The debate will continue at the Brasserie Malarte (Bd. des Lices in Arles) with the “Café des Sciences” Asssociation.

Friday Nov. 4 at 5:00 PM
“On the lands of Horus, or Khaemouaset in a comic book”, lecture-debate with Isabelle Dethan, artist and author of comic books, and Mazan, author of comic books, followed by a book-signing session

Thursday Nov. 24 at 6:00 PM
“The Apis bull and the Serapeum at Saqqara” By Alain Charron, scientific commissioner of the Khaemouaset exhibition, head curator of the Arles Departmental Archaeological Museum.

Pierrette’s favorites

In the museum auditorium Illustrated lectures by Pierrette Nouet, guide lecturer Free in the limit of available seating.
At 11:00 AM Sunday Oct. 2
“Ramses II superstar” Sunday Nov. 6 “Pharaoh’s wife” Sunday Dec. 4 “ Egyptomania, a passion”

Cinema & Science Projection-Debate

Wednesday Oct. 12 at 6:00 PM
With Polly Maggoo “Flammes du soleil” (11’) and “L’astronome et l’indien” (52’) and debate with an astrophysician. In the museum auditorium Free in the limit of available seating Organized as part of the “Fête de la Science”

Activities for children

From Oct. 24 to 28. Visits of the exhibition and various workshops : hieroglyphics, drawing on papyrus, amulet modelling. 6-11 years, organized by Momarles. Reservations :


On Sundays Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 at 11:00 AM at the museum. Friday Nov. 25 during the evening opening for the Provence Prestige Salon.
Saturday Janv. 21 at 9:30 PM At the Cargo de Nuit, “The triumphal march” by the choral group Voce from Arles (excerpt from “Aida” by Verdi), A homage to that work inspired by Ancient Egypt. Length : 15 min.

Exhibition closing evening

Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 at 9:00 PM
Cargo de Nuit, contemporary music hall – Arles DJ, projections, decoration… a pharaonic evening !


At the museum reception desk - In the following stores : Fnac, Carrefour, Géant, U, Intermarché - - On your cell phone at La Billetterie by Fnac


Permanent collections + “Khaemouaset” exhibition : 10€ - 7€* - “Khaemouaset” exhibition only : 5€-4€* - Permanent collections only : 8€-5€* - Annual subscription : Cartula 15€.

REDUCED RATES : Groups (+10 persons, reservations required), over 65, or with the following cards : Entraide solidarité 13 – Large family – an accompanying adult with an owner of a L’attitude 13 checkbook, Envia bus service subscribers, with a Provence Prestige entrance
ticket during the salon.


Under 18, unemployed, those receiving RSA benefits, disabled, invalids, students, teachers, Pass education card, journalists, museum curators, ICOM card, Culture Ministry personnel, guides certified by the Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques, “Pass my Provence” ambassadors. Free entrance for the public on the first Sunday of every month.


By car / by coach :
Free parking space for 70 cars + 5 spaces for TPMR vehicles (for disabled) + 5 spaces reserved for coaches
Free shuttle bus service :
Navia A, the free shuttle bus, between the city center and the museum. Every day except Sundays and holidays. Museum stop every 30 minutes.
By train :
The train station is located on the north side of the city (25 min on foot along the Rhone River dike)
On foot / by bicycle :
25 min on foot from the train station / 15 min from the Place du Forum. Bicycle parking on the premises. Hire the Arles bicycle-taxi: