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Antiquarium Arborense

Piazza Corrias, 09170, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
+39 0783 791262
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Simply brilliant

This museum is a little tucked away and the proper entrance ( through an archway ) is poorly... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Manchester, United Kingdom
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A tribute to archeological research

The Antiquarium is a tribute to archeological research in the Mediterranean. An introduction movie... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
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The Antiquarium Arborense, founded in 1938, is the most important museum in the province of Oristano: it shows a large number of archaeological finds which date back to different ages (Neolithic, Nuragic, Punic and Roman period), coming from the city of Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula. The Museum houses an important picture gallery, with the surviving panels of three retables (painted multi-panel altarpieces): the retable of Saint Martin (15th century), the retable of the Holy Christ (1533, by Pietro Cavaro from Cagliari) and the retable of the Councillors of Oristano (1565, by Antioco Mainas from Cagliari). On the first floor there are the plastic model of Tharros (4th century AD) and the plastic model of Oristano (14th century AD) during the age of the Giudicati, when the city was defended by imposing walls. The Antiquarium Arborense is the only museum in Sardinia with a section for blind and visually impaired people, with the most beautiful manufactures of the museum and the reproductions of valuable artefacts of Oristano's cultural heritage. The artefacts, made of different materials (ceramic, plaster, bronze, wood and marble), are chronologically ordered and information is available in large print, audio and Braille formats. Guided tours in the Museum and in the historical centre of the city of Oristano are available in English, French and Spanish language (booking is required).
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Piazza Corrias, 09170, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
+39 0783 791262

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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This museum is a little tucked away and the proper entrance ( through an archway ) is poorly signposted , as we walked past it and went in via a rear entrance that looked like the main entrance ( they still let us in 🙂)...More

Thank mikezhivago
Reviewed 6 July 2017

The Antiquarium is a tribute to archeological research in the Mediterranean. An introduction movie shows the history from researches in Mycene to Tharros. The museum is not really big and shows a lot of pottery and some sculptures from Tharros. But the model of that...More

Thank Jurazur
pinnafrancesc, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Antiquarium Arborense, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Dear sir, thank you very much for your review, we are glad you appreciate our little but interesting museum. Best regards, Francesca

Reviewed 1 May 2017

This was an excellent museum. They had most all of the displays spelled out in English and the information on Tharros was a great help when we visited the site. The bronze artifacts with the great detail are beautiful. Also, the mask of the smiling...More

Thank markmatcom
Reviewed 1 June 2016

One of many excellent small museums that we found on Sardinia. Great building and terrifically curated. Nice staff. You can arrange a free 2 hr walking tour for the price of admission but we missed out because it was Sunday and there was only us.

Thank TukoPomojaAustralia
Reviewed 11 October 2015

Right in the centre, this small museum has some interesting local artefacts going back thousands of years.The large model of Tharros is a must-see after you visit the ruins on the Sini peninsula- it makes sense of the site which is absent on the ground.Pleasant...More

Thank ian h
Reviewed 30 September 2015

This museum is very nice. It isn't real big but they have some interesting items and the displays are well marked and included English in the text. There is an interesting video that can be shown in a number of languages that describes the various...More

Thank DianaJoan
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We were treated to a short documentary about the region so it is worth going early in your holiday for this information. The museum has Roman and Bronze Age exhibits, their is a model of how Tharros would have looked like in its heyday. Also,...More

Thank DeniseJay
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We've been to this Antiquarium in November 2013. The museum is devided into several areas relative to the period of objects. There is a multimedia zone where you can watch a video about Sardinia's main sightseeings. Overall impression is positive; it is not a must-see...More

Thank Lenka_No
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I am sorry to say this museum is not worth neither money nor time. It is quite small, you can spend there no more than 30-40 minutes even if you walk slowly. All in description in Italian language, the only interesting thing is model of...More

Thank Radim S
Reviewed 12 August 2012

Lots of things on display. We got a guide who was very enthusiastic, but I couldn't follow the Italian. An interesting room where you're supposed to touch everything,, good for kids. But I just felt that I was in a museum that I couldn't connect...More

Thank Ciaran D
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