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“Fascinating Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Musee Champollion

Musee Champollion
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Figeac
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Jean François Champollion, the decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphics, was born in Figeac in 1790. The Museum of Writing takes the visitor on a journey following Champollion’s footsteps that gives them the opportunity to take part in the adventure of the written word and consider its place in our future world.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

This museum is in the house of Jean Francois Champollion the scholar who first really began to understand how to read Egyptian hieroglyphs. He was born in Figeac which is, in itself worth a visit and the museum traces the history of the decipherment and also the history of language. It is probably not a place to interest most children but if you are interested in Egypt or in languages it is a great visit. Outside there is a courtyard with a huge paving slab made of granite (I think) any way it is a dark stone made to look like the Rosetta Stone which is the stone tablet with an inscription in three languages which was the key to understanding of hieroglyphs. Great fun to walk over and have your photo taken. There are lots of great places in Figeac to have lunch and there are also pleasant walks and shops so you could always split up and please most people.

Visited July 2012
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