The real question is not who we are, but where we come from

Even though Arkeos has only just emerged, its museum is the result of forty years of digs (1972-2012) and the 75,000m2 site is beginning of a vast archaeological reconstruction due to be completed in 2028.

Arkéos deliberately styles itself as both a park and a museum, taking visitors back to the origins of humanity, about 500,000 years ago. It offers a chronological presentation backed up with numerous interactive technologies to shed light on no fewer than 1500 artefacts (ceramics, tools, objects of adornment, and so on) illustrating how our ancestors lived, and telling us about our environment and daily life. These little treasures were dug up during the archaeological excavations, or else come from the archaeological holdings of the Chartreuse Museum in Douai.

Cross the River Scarpe and find yourself in the archaeological park of the future

The aim is to create a set of buildings on site reconstructing the early Middle Ages (from the sixth to the eleventh century). The Portus will be built first (made up of dwellings, barns, and places of commerce), followed by a Merovingian church (2016), a feudal motte and bailey castle (2019), and then a Carolingian abbey (2023-2028). History lies before us! 

Practical information

4 401, Tournai - Douai Road - Telephone: +33 (0)3 27 71 18 00

Arkeos opening times

  • April, May, September, and October: 10 AM to 6 PM, every day except Tuesdays
  • June to August: 10 AM to 7 PM every day
  • November to March: 10 AM to midday and 2 PM to 6 PM every day except Tuesdays