This antiquarium lies on the
edge of the avenue Bourguiba, a central thoroughfare
crossing the entire northern suburb of Tunis.
The museum is built on the excavation site itself
where in the 70s and early 80s the vestiges of
one of the major buildings of the African metropolis
during the Christian era was found: the Carthagenna
basilica built after 533, date of the recapture
of Carthage by the Byzantine troupes after they
defeated the Vandals who had reigned over Africa
for the last century – on the site of the
cathedral called la Restituta.
The antiquarium is of modern design and contains
objects found on the site, which besides the religious
building also contained a house known as that
of the “Greek aurigas”. Built within
the framework of the UNESCO campaign to conserve
Carthage by an American team, the museum also
presents and interprets the excavation work, providing
an idea of the majesty and wealth of the site
at the time of its splendour and of the excavation
methods and treatment of excavated objects.