Museo Archeologico Regionale

Museo Archeologico Regionale, Aosta: Hours, Address, Museo Archeologico Regionale Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Archeologico Regionale

Museo Archeologico Regionale
4.5
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Regional Archaeological Museum (MAR) is housed in a prestigious historical building built on the foundations of the Roman tower that flanked the northern gate of the city. At first Vaudan Hall, then the seat of the Monastery of the Visitation, founded in 1633, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, after the Napoleonic suppression of the convent, it became the seat of the barracks. The set-up of the Museum, documented by a rich collection of archaeological finds, furnishings and personal artifacts, the result of the excavations conducted for decades on behalf of the Autonomous Region of Aosta Valley, is divided into a chronological path from the ancient phase of the Mesolithic (7000 - 6000 BC) until the seventh century AD. It covers various topics related to religion, daily life and public life.
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GK1959
Centreville, MD230 contributions
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Well done and beautifully displayed artifacts on one level with a subterranean archaeological tour below from this Roman site. A four site ticket for only 7 euros makes it easy to walk in lovely and I crowded Aosta. We drove up in under an hour from just over the Piedmontese border where we are staying. Would definitely visit here again.
Written August 30, 2019
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Conram
Giv'atayim, Israel414 contributions
Couples
Aosta was our first stop of the trip to the Aosta Valley. I realized that they had a single 7 euro ticket to 4 sites connected with the Roman past of Aosta, this included this museum as well as:
The Roman Theater remains
The Forum & cryptoporticus
The early Christian Basilica of San Lorenzo

An archeological museum requires a lot of time to truly enjoy as well as an interest in Archeology. Although I have an interest in Archeology, especially treasures of the past, I didn't have much time. There were posters advertising a newly opened permanent exhibition named "Labyrinth of Memories" in the basement of the museum, I decided to start there and see if I wanted more.
It seems that anywhere you dig in the center of Aosta you will find Roman remains. The same is true for the Museum so the basement is partly ancient Roman remains, through these remains there is a twisting turning pathway showing these remains but, it seems with all the the junk found during the digging, and beside each collection there is a quotation from someone famous and sometimes some modern art piece.
I can't be sure about the source of this multi-period junk; it is made up of old containers, old dial phones, old cathode ray TVs and other stuff from the last 3 centuries!
Was it found when they were digging or is it a representation of what was found in the different layers of history from today to the past. The whole thing is explained in Italian only and I have no idea if there is a multi-lingual audio guide to this Labyrinth of Memories. If they had an explanation in English I would have given this attraction a 5-star rating.
If you do not have enough time to visit a Museum or are not interested in Archeology, you have the ticket anyway so just visit the "LABIRINTI di MEMORIE" exhibition

Tip: Best order for seeing all the attractions, included in the single ticket, is to start from the smallest wow factor to the best wow factor:
1 The early Christian Basilica of San Lorenzo
2 The Roman Theater remains
3 MAR - Regional Archaeological Museum
4 Forum and cryptoporticus
Written October 8, 2017
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ReenieFlorida
Florida128 contributions
Couples
We almost missed this one. Be sure you don't, if you have any interest at all in local archeology and history. The subterranean exhibit is quite extensive and still being excavated. Other interests include art of the area, personal items, sculptures, and much more. It's free, and air conditioned.
Written July 3, 2016
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Robynguy
Melbourne, Australia99 contributions
Couples
An interesting and poetical journey through Roman archeology, I think. Not sure because most of the signage and information was in Italian and French, with only an occasional and apparently random sign offering English and, somewhat quixotically, 2 or 3 in Braille.
The basement featured quotes by famous people, many English, but happily written in Italian only. They looked very poetic and thought-provoking...
The curators were possibly trying to show the jumble of items of all periods found in a dig, but I was quite surprised to see that Smurfs and Pokémon found a place amongst the Roman artefacts, and yet, there they were, obviously no explanation needed.
My husband paraphrased a quote from “The Pantom Tollbooth” that maybe should be added to the walls at the end of this magical mystery tour: We swam through the sea of knowledge and came out completely dry.
Written June 5, 2018
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rhyshedges
Oxford, UK422 contributions
Couples
This was a well laid out museum which begins in the basement with the foundations of the forum and from there through the Roman history of the town. Labelling however was exclusively Italian and French making it difficult to understand what you are looking at.
Written September 19, 2019
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1,870 contributions
Solo
The small archaeological museum had a few interesting Roman artefacts but does not loom large in my memory.
Written March 14, 2017
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RobertGreer
Kutchan-cho, Japan56 contributions
It is small but has some very nice objects. Not much English, but some. Particularly good for children as it has a few interactive objects, remember to open the drawers
Written March 1, 2014
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Linda C
Cape Town, South Africa111 contributions
A beautifully laid out museum of the archaeological discoveries found in the area. Well preserved items.
Written July 12, 2022
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wisewonderer1223
Bristol, UK395 contributions
We loved this museum and all the fascinating artifacts. We wished more had been printed in English as we wanted to know more about many objects.
Written February 26, 2020
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eemori
46 contributions
Couples
This museum is an excellent antiquities museum worth a special visit. The focus of the museum is display and explication of the Roman ruins (forum,walls, entrance gates, some domicile artifacts). What is remarkable about this museum is the variety of displays (some diagrams, some film, some narrative, glass floors the visitor can walk on and stare down into excavation site). The curatorial notes offer more than the usual neutral scientific description of the artifacts. The personalities and careers of archeologists are descried, and most interesting are the quotations from various authors (Plato, Homer, Proust, Borges et cetera) musing on people’s relationship to time and civic environment. The museum offers a day pass which a visitor can use to enter all the sites including the underground grotto which has a film viewing space to watch a short film about the excavation processes over the past several centuries.
Written November 23, 2018
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