Musée Champollion on a square in Figeac, France.

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Musée Champollion

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This museum is named after Figeac-born Egyptologist and linguist Jean-François Champollion (1790–1832), whose efforts in deciphering the Rosetta Stone provided the key for cracking Egyptian hieroglyphics. The mansion where he was born is now devoted to the history of writing, with exhibits ranging from illustrated medieval manuscripts to the evolution of Chinese characters. Audioguide recommended (€3), unless you read French.

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