This central museum is amongst the better museums in Algeria and it also alone justifies a stop in Sétif. Displays are very well laid out, lit and labelled (in French). There are cabinets filled up with pottery and lamps from Roman Sétif, nevertheless the real stars will be the mosaics in your yard floor central court, that are among the best you'll see in Algeria. One these mosaics depicts the Triumph of Venus, a 4th- to 5th-century work showing the goddess using
a shell, naked nevertheless for her jewellery, enclosed by monsters and cherubs. The masterpiece, however, could be the Triumph of Dionysos, the theme to be a triumphal procession to celebrate the god’s conquest of India. All sorts of exotic and bizarre creature are here including tigers, elephants, camels, lion and also the only known Roman period North African portrayal of the giraffe. Another percentage of same mosaic, displayed nearby, shows a wild boar hunt. Both have a special subtlety, a stupendous range of skin colour and tone, of muscle definition and facial expression.