This small museum was built
at the entrance of the Punic archaeological site
of Kerkouane. The particularity of the museum
is due to the site, for it is the only known Punic
city not to have been rebuilt after its destruction
in the IIIrd century BC and consequently it provide
a unique picture of a Punic city.
If the site reflects the picture of a Punic city,
the museum reveals many aspects of everyday life,
of economic and commercial activities, and of
spiritual life, thanks to the numerous objects
found buried under the remains or placed in tombs.
The collections are, of course, mainly Punic.
But there are also objects on display originating
from several Mediterranean countries, in particular
Greece for decorative objects (vases, lamps etc)
and Egypt for religious objects (seals, amulets,
figurines etc.) that attest to the intense maritime
activity of Carthaginian sailors.
Some objects come from excavations carried out
in Punic necropolises in the surrounding countryside.