- Location: 4 km from Tunis city center
- Attraction Type: Museum
- Significance: The Best collection of mosaic art in the entire Africa
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- Visiting hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm; Mondays closed
- How to reach: By road
- Nearest International Airport: Tunis Carthage International Airport
Bardo Museum is to Tunisia what Louvre is to France. This museum has an unparalleled collection of the most baffling mosaic art of the world. The expertise, tenacity, and diligence of the creators of this art form dating back to 2nd century AD are unbelievable. These mosaic collections which once adorned the ceilings, floors and walls of the wealthy Tunisians now extol the surfaces of Tunis Bardo Museum. In addition to these mesmerizing mosaic works, this museum also boasts an enviable collection of idols, sculptures, and engravings belonging to Punic and early Christian periods.
Bardo Museum in Tunis located at an approximate distance of 4 km from the city center is in itself a structure of fine architecture. This 13th-century Hafsid Palace and official residence of the Hafsids was converted into a museum in 1888.
Visit Bardo Museum
As you enter Bardo Museum you would discover the Early Christian gallery to your left. On the walls funeral mosaics featuring human images, floral designs, and animal figures are brilliant. Mention must be made of the layout of a church. Terracotta tiles used in decorating early churches are laid out in a short corridor for your viewing. Mosaic sarcophagi of children are also noticeable. You would be surprised to learn that most of these Early Christian collections belong to the 2nd to 4th centuries AD.
The Roman Mosaics are exceptionally awesome. The details would leave you wonderstruck. The mosaic of port Virgil belonging to the 3rd century is baffling. An equally amazing piece is the ‘Winged Figure’ representing the face of an angel with a laurel crown. ‘Four Seasons’ is another resplendent mosaic art also belonging to the 3rd century. Hunting scenes were also commonly represented in mosaic artwork. ‘Hunting the Wild Boar’ is a remarkable representation of animal images in the mosaic. The depiction of ‘Ulysses’ in a sailed boat with four of his army is a superlative art form. But perhaps the most imposing of all the collections is ‘The Triumph of Neptune’ a late 2nd century AD creation.
Apart from mosaics, paintings, sculptures, and engravings are marvelously displayed for your appreciation. The painted ceiling of the ‘Oudna Room’, the original dining hall of the palace, would engross you, as will the mosaic ceiling of ‘Sousse Room’. The Carthage Room with its collection of sculptures and mosaic floor is fabulous. The carved plasterwork and engravings of Virgil Room would leave you dumbfounded.
Staying in Tunis
For visiting the Bardo Museum you should put up in Tunis the capital city of Tunisia. You might select from Les Berges Du Lac, Lalco Tunis, Africa El Mouradi Hotel, Sheraton Tunis Hotel and Towers, and Golf Royal.