Grenoble Archaeological Museum

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Grenoble Archaeological Museum
Musée archéologique de Grenoble
Le musée archéologique de Grenoble.jpg
Established 1846
Location Grenoble, France
Coordinates 45°11′52″N 5°43′53″E / 45.1977°N 5.7314°E / 45.1977; 5.7314
Type Archaeological museum
Website Grenoble Archaeological Museum

Grenoble Archaeological Museum is a museum located on the historic site of Saint-Laurent in Grenoble, between the river Isère and the hill of the Bastille.


In 1803, the discovery of a sixth-century crypt increases the interest of the church of St Laurent. In the first half of the nineteenth century, three men will revive the architectural interest of this church, Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac, Prosper Mérimée and Pierre Manguin.[1] A first museum was created in 1846 between church of St Laurent and a house occupied by the industrial Xavier Jouvin. It consists primarily of headstones covered with inscriptions, dating from the Gallo-Roman period of Cularo.

The entire site is classified as a historic monument since 10 August 1977.[2] A museum opened in 1986 in the deconsecrated church of St Laurent, but closed since 2003 for work, and reopened to the public in May 2011 with a new original staging.[3]

The church of St. Laurent today is a Romanesque church of the twelfth century. The conservation status of the church funeral (sixth century) excavated in the basement, with its crypt makes it a unique archaeological site in France.[4]

The mausoleums of early fourth century and the church of the nineteenth century has witnessed an architectural constant adaptation to changing attitudes, pagan practices to Christian beliefs.



  • Renée Colardelle, La ville et la mort, Saint-Laurent de Grenoble, 2000 ans de tradition funéraire, Bibliothèque de l'Antiquité tardive, N° 11, édit. Brepols Publishers, 413 p, 2008. ISBN 978-2-503-52818-2

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