Something Old, Something New: Nîmes' Museum of Romanity

Romanity! It’s Roman humanity, and there’s a shiny new museum about just that in Nîmes: The Museum of Romanity is opening on June 2, and I got a sneak preview (shared in this clip). I’ve never seen southern Europeans scramble so hard — because in a few weeks, it’s the grand opening.

Nîmes is famed for its ancient ruins but, until now, it had no appropriate museum. This is big news. Wandering the unfinished rooms of this museum, I was thinking about how Europe loves to invest in — and share — its heritage, and how it’s the world’s heritage, too. When you pay $10 to go into a great museum, remember what it takes to make that experience possible.

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