Archeological Museum, Florence Museo Archeologico Centrale dell'Etruria
This is the most important archeological museum in northern Italy. Founded in 1870 its principal exhibits are finds from the areas of Italy settled by the Etruscans, as well as Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities. Collections begun by the Medici family are kept here. It is housed in the Palazzo della Crocetta which was built in 1620 for the Grand Duchess Maria Magdalena of Austria.
Archeological Museum Map
Address: Via della Colonna 38, I-50100 Florence, Italy
Opening hours: 8:30am-2pm; Mon: 2pm-7pm; Tue: 8:30am-7pm; Thu: 8:30am-7pm
Entrance fee: FREE
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Interpretive sessions sometimes available.
Transit: Bus: 1, 6, 7, 10, 11, 15, 17, 20, 25.
Archeological Museum Highlights
Museo Topografico dell'Etruria
The Topographical Museum in Florence has a collection of finds from Etruria which provide a good illustration of the highly civilized and cultured life of the Etruscans (brightly colored sarcophagus of the Larthia Seianti, between 217 and 147 B.C., from Martinella near Chiusi). In the garden can be seen reconstructions of graves and funerary monuments.
The Egyptian Museum, which ranks second in importance to the one in Turin, has statues, busts, ceramics, reliefs, sarcophagi, mummies, pictures and utensils from various Egyptian dynasties, including a very well-preserved wooden chariot (from the time of Rameses I, 14th century B.C.).
The Etrusco-Greco-Romano department has displays of Etruscan urns and sarcophagi, including the Ramta Uzenai marble sarcophagus from Tarquinia; Etruscan, Greek and Roman bronzes, including the famous "Idolino" - the Greek statue of an ephebe, a young man undergoing military training (fifth century B.C.), the "Horse's Head" - a Greek bronze from the Roman period, the "Chimaera" - an Etruscan bronze with the body of a lion, the head of a ram and a serpent's tail, the "Orator" (dedicated to Aulus Metellus, third century B.C.), and a statue of Minerva, a copy of a Greek work and found in Arezzo in 1554.
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