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The Museum of the Celts’ Celtic collections contain several hundred authentic exhibits, mainly dating back to the 5th-2nd centuries BC.

They include crockery, jewellery, tools, weapons, clothing accessories, pieces of horse harnesses and two-wheel chariots, bearing witness to the know-how and everyday life of the Celts in the Ardennes. More than 300 pieces are on display.
The 11 pieces of the chariot burial from Tombelle III, at Warmifontaine (near Neufchâteau) have been identified as “Trésor de la Communauté française”.

They date back to the second half of the 5th century BC.

Most of our archaeological collections come from discoveries made during digs focusing on “tombelles”, mounds of earth covering one or more tombs.

The first investigations of Celtic tombs in the Ardennes date back to the end of the 19th century, and these continued sporadically until the 1960s. At this time, the Service National des Fouilles (now the Service Public de Wallonie) embarked on an extensive programme of excavations, helped by local archaeological societies. Since 1985, the not-for-profit organisation, the “Centre de Recherches Archéologiques en Ardenne” (CRAA) has been responsible for this work in the Ardennes region.
It is worth pointing out that today, it is essentially the Service Public de Wallonie that is responsible for excavating the tombs. Only those that are about to disappear, due to building work, are excavated. If they are not in danger, the current option is to keep these examples of our past intact for future generations.

It is worth pointing out that today, it is essentially the Service Public de Wallonie that is responsible for excavating the tombs. Only those that are about to disappear, due to building work, are excavated. If they are not in danger, the current option is to keep these examples of our past intact for future generations.
To see some of our collections online, click here.
The exhibition also contains a number of replicas. Some of the most impressive include a carnyx (a wind instrument) and a life-size chariot.
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“Celteries”

There are illustrations and lots of objects that debunk some of the misconceptions and clichés that continue to influence our view of the Celts and the Gauls. See “The celts often have to put up with certain stereotypes”.

One of the masterpieces of this collection is a plaster statue of Ambiorix, the final preparation for the bronze statue that adorns the Grand’Place in Tongeren.

Other eras

One of the Museum’s displays includes a number of objects from the periods before and after the time the Celts settled in the Ardennes (Prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages).