The Archaeological Institute of Luxembourg exists since 1847. Today, the activities of the Institute are deployed between two museums, a library and scientific publications : the Annals and the Quarter's Papers of the Archaeological Institute of Luxembourg (Annales et Bulletins trimestriels de l'Institut Archéologique du Luxembourg).
The Archaeological Museum
When Cesar conquers Gaul around 50 B.C., an important net of roads is built. At the crossing of two of these roads, one of which joins Metz and Tongeren while the second one joins Reims and Trier, a rich 'vicus' is established, the development of which will keep on for three centuries. Its name: Orolaunum vicus. This agglomeration had a chiefly commercial and administrative function, but the vestiges found in Arlon's ground as well as in its antique cemeteries are proof for a rich culture of a huge diversity. Scenes from every-day life of the vicus are carved into funeral monuments and fragments of large buildings; around sixty pieces are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Arlon.
What is more, many objects from artisan's workshops, both local and imported, like pottery, tools, weapons or personal ornaments are exhibited under glass-cases. Through these witnesses of the past, discover the history of religion, mythology, techniques, arts and crafts of our gallo-roman ancestors. Visit either on your own, with a guide or take part in pedagogic animations.
And do not miss the Merovingian section, it was entirely renewed!
The Gaspar Museum, situated in the house of the Gaspar family from Arlon, contains collections of furniture, paintings and faïence from almost three centuries of the history of the Lorraine region. The work of the animal sculptor Jean-Marie GASPAR (1861-1931) is also exhibited. The triptych of Fisenne (1505-1515), a real masterpiece from the productions of the workshops from Antwerp of that time, also has its place in the Museum.
Besides the permanent collections, the Gaspar Museum shows temporary exhibitions on a regular basis (Jewish community of Arlon in the 19th century, history of the Saint-Martin churches, local artists, e.t.c.).