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MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca

Piazza Signorelli, 9 | Palazzo Casali, 52044 Cortona, Italy
0575637235
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Ranked #3 of 17 attractions in Cortona
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The MAEC houses an extraordinary collection bringing together all the material discovered in and around Cortona since the 1700s.The museum collection... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Perugia, Italy
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Paying a 12 euro entrance fee, equivalent to the bloody Vatican, I expect a more attentive staff and a clear itinerary, either of which I got. The special exhibit was poorly designed, an excess of text and, again, lack of clear itinerary. The attached museum is even worse in terms of the itinerary, as it has you crossing back and... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was a fantastic insight into the history of the region and beautifully displayed and written up.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Unique view into a time when women had equal say and value as men. Then came the dark era. The displays were well organized with statues and art not available anywhere else.

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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Great collection for history buffs. Beautiful displays but directions were a little confusing. The Cortonians are very proud of their city and rightly so. The old town is a wonderful place to visit

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We enjoyed the MAEC/British Museum special exhibit on the 18th Century 'grand tour' that popularized Tuscany for the English.

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Houston, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We visited the museum upon the recommendation of our host to see some Estrucan artifacts. While we did, the museum is really incredibly dull. It is a lovely building, but ...... It is incredibly expensive for the offering and though they advertise a family rate on their information, they do not honor one. I would not recommend visiting.

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Having travelled the world for one year, we have been to many museums and cultural sites as a family. Having been to the Etruscan exhibition at The British Museum, it was even better to gain the background and setting of Cortona while understanding the incredible layers of history. The museum is well laid out with video clips and English translations... More

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Healdsburg, California
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7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

You can easily spend 2 hours here. Everything Tuscan and Umbrian from wooly mammoths through ancient civilizations. Don't speak Italian? Not a problem---each exhibit has both Italian and English language descriptions provided. This is a well maintained and well structured museum.

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Viareggio, Italy
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27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I am an Etruscan enthusiast and visited many museums in Tuscany concerning this ancient civilization. This museum adds to a valuable content a solid, modern structure, audio guides and not last, a beatiful location.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Great collection of Etruscan artifacts. I've been fascinated by the Etruscan history and this museum helped provide a greater understanding of Etruscan culture. So glad we had the opportunity to come here.

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