The Sousse Archeology Museum is located
within the Kasbah (fortification) of the medina
(old city) of Sousse, a World Heritage Site.
At the entrance of the museum, a large vaulted
room displays the history and the monuments
of the Sahel region from Antiquity to the
Located under the Kasbah’s main courtyard,
the museum galleries cover an area of
approximately 2,000 sq. meters, benefitting
from natural and artificial light enhancing the
beauty of the collections and their display.
The museum includes mosaics, sculptures,
lapidaries, and terracotta funerary objects,
originating from a number of sites of the
ancient Sahel region.
The mosaic floorings of Roman origin,
which constitute one of the most important
collections of the Mediterranean, are
displayed at a level lower than the visitors’
or are fixed on panels. These mosaics,
through their vibrant colors and their artistic
compositions, illustrate beliefs, games, the
arts, and, most of all, daily life.
Three rooms display in dim light the funerary
rituals of the Punic, Roman and Christian
The Punic room displays the
famous collection of steles and
urns found in the Tophet of Sousse,
the antic Adrim (Hadrumete), as
well as the objects from the tombs
discovered in the Kasbah.
In the Roman room, a collection of
pagan funerary steles is displayed
next to a collection of terra-sigillata
items discovered in Sousse and
its surrounding area, as well as
terracotta figurines, among which
the famous “drunken woman”.
The circuit ends with the
Christian room, which displays
a collection of funerary mosaics
and steles discovered within
the underground catacombs of
Sousse, the second largest of the
antic world after Rome. In the
middle of the room stands the
famous mensa-mosaic (funerary
table) of Hermes.
Outside the Museum, the
medieval fortress, an historic
monument, offers recreational
areas and panoramic views on the