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Address: Piazza Signorelli, 9 | Palazzo Casali, 52044 Cortona, Italy
Phone Number: 0575637235
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Description: The MAEC houses an extraordinary collection bringing together all the...
The MAEC houses an extraordinary collection bringing together all the material discovered in and around Cortona since the 1700s.The museum collection can be visited in two sections: one dedicated to the Etruscan Academy, and the other centered on the most recent findings from the Cortona necropolis. The collection of the Accademai Etrusca boasts exceptional pieces from various historical periods, like the celebrated Etruscan Chandelier, ancient Egyptian burial goods and works by futurist master Gino Severini. The section dedicated to the City of Cortona offers a journey that begins in the paleoenvironment of the Chiana Valley and arrives in the Cortona of Roman times, passing through the ancient period (580-480 B.C.E.) with the princely Etruscan tombs of the Sodo and Camucia and significant findings such as the Tabula Cortonensis, the third longest Etruscan text in the world.The layout of the museum was specifically designed to communicate with visitors in an innovative way, using both reconstructions and multimedia equipment. All texts are fully rendered in both English and Braill.
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A Fascinating Collection

Two aspects make this a worthwhile visit. The lower floors focus on the Etruscan period and the upper floors seem to be a historically broader collection by one of the prominent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Two aspects make this a worthwhile visit. The lower floors focus on the Etruscan period and the upper floors seem to be a historically broader collection by one of the prominent Cortonan families from it's heyday. The old family library preserved on the top floor is amazing. The views are also quite spectacular. Well worth a couple of hours to... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This Museum is well marked and has some wonderful exhibits, not the least of which was a painting of a historical family tree. I couldn't believe it when I saw it as it was my sister's family tree dating back to 1010 and finishing in the 1700 hundreds. There was room after room of hstorical things to see and all... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Etruscan Museum has a magnificent collection of artefacts dating back to the 9th Century B.C. and if possible you should allow plenty of time to discover room after room of treasures. There are examples of pots, pottery, tools, jewellery, figures and artefacts from the 9th Century B.C. coming forward. There is an explanation of the Battle of Trasimeno 2,200... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

A wonderful display and explanation of Etruscan artifacts that were unearthed within the Tumulus of Camucia, located below the hilltown of Cortona, dated 6th Century B.C. This museum not only thoroughly explains the Etruscan history but continues into the Roman and most recent history of Cortona and the surrounding area. If you have the time and are interested in learning... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Lots of history and the place just kept going, More rooms that you can imagine from looking at the outside. Many floors up with tons of art and history from the area. Worth the time to see.

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Yuma, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My frien and I thought we would check this museum out in a rush on our last day in Cortona. Big mistake! There is room after room full of interesting finds from different tombs. Artifacts date from around 700 BC to a couple of centuries AD. One could easily spend several hours here wandering through room after room. But one... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Wonderful, very thorough museum with terrific artifacts and descriptions. Worthy of several hours of visits

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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This museum takes time because you are reading about a civilization that was very intricate and artistic. Just the very fact that Cortona's founding walls of the city were Etruscan makes it very interesting....if you give the time it takes to see the entire museum you won't be sorry!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

and I see from the reviewer photos of the interior of the museum that I missed many fine exhibits. Time was of the essence for us as we needed to be in another city for work. Hope some day to return to take it all in..

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Shoreline, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

History of the area was very well displayed. Amazing artifacts and nicely displayed. Several levels so walking and stair climbing should be a focus

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Additional Information about MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca

Address: Piazza Signorelli, 9 | Palazzo Casali, 52044 Cortona, Italy
Phone Number: 0575637235
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Tuscany  >  Province of Arezzo  >  Cortona
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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