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The Archaeological Museum is an advanced cultural building of the Renaissance era in Civilization VI. Built in the Theater Square. Requires Amphitheater.

  • +2 Civ6Culture Culture
  • +1 Citizen6 Citizen slot
  • +1 Writer6 Great Writer point per turn
  • +2 Artist6 Great Artist points per turn
  • +3 Artifact6 Artifact slots
    • Theme bonus: Doubles Tourism6 Tourism output when displaying Artifact6 Artifacts of the same era from different civilizations.
  • Cannot be built when Art Museum has already been built in this district.
  • Allows training and maintaining 1 Archaeologist, while there are free Artifact slots in the Museum.

Strategy Edit

The Museum works quite differently from Civilization V: Brave New World. First, it has been split in two different buildings, the Archaeological Museum being one of them, dedicated exclusively to displaying Artifacts. That means that its slots cannot hold Paintings, Statues, or any other type of Great Works!

What's more, the Archaeologist unit is now tied directly to this Museum type - only cities with it may build this unit, and only while there are free slots in the Museum! The Artifacts themselves may not be moved out of a Museum until it is full (all slots are taken). Afterwards, they may be rearranged between your other Archaeologicla Museums, or traded away.

Activating the Theming Bonus of the Museum requires different Artifacts from the same Era, but different civilization sources. This is easier than it sounds, and is certainly much easier than activating the respective bonus of the Art Museum - you just need some luck when excavating the Artifacts. Try to excavate them from far away places in the world - this increases the chance they will belong to a different civilization.

Historical Context Edit

Humans generate lots of junk. They are also fascinated with old junk, and so created museums. A museum is a building designed to hold civilization’s most treasured possessions for public viewing. There are museums that contain collections of art, and there are the museums which display fossils, items of historical interest, or pop culture curiosities. There are also museums that house costumes, jewels, weapons, gadgets, or virtually anything else which might be of interest to the humans filing through their halls. The oldest known collection of curiosities put on display was that of Ennigaldi-Nanna’s Museum, c. 530 BC, with enough traffic to warrant labels for the items (a clue to archaeologists that the ruin was a museum). But the whole idea of such collections for public edification really took off during the Enlightenment, with the Royal Armories in the Tower of London, the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archeologie in Besancon, and the Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg being founded. These and other museums are now almost as historic as the junk they display.

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