The Espace Gallo-Romain has been open to the public since 1997. Located in the heart of the city of Ath, it is housed in the former Académie de Dessin with its beautiful neoclassical façade.
During your visit, you can discover archaeological finds from the Gallo-Roman site at Pommerœul and the surrounding area.
The collections kept in storage or on display belong to the Public Service of Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. They also include objects on loan from the Cercle Royal d’Histoire et d’Archéologie d’Ath et de la Région and from private owners, and archaeological items that belong to the museum. Over the last few years, the Espace Gallo-Romain has developed an acquisition policy to enhance its regional collections.
the star attractions
the barge and the dugout canoe
1st–2nd centuries AD
The barge and the dugout canoe are undoubtedly the museum’s most prestigious exhibits.
The barge dates from the turn of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. Of its original length (18–20 m,) 12.7 m has been preserved. The oak “monoxylon” (dugout canoe) measures 9.7 m (originally 12 m) and dates from the 1st century.