Museo Nazionale Archeologico

Museo Nazionale Archeologico, Taranto: Hours, Address, Museo Nazionale Archeologico Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Nazionale Archeologico

Museo Nazionale Archeologico
4.5
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
About
The National Archaeological Museum of Taranto is ones of the most important in Italy and was founded in 1887. The Museum is located from the beginning in a building named as Convent of S. Pasquale or of the Alcantarini monks, erected in mid-18th century. The structure has been expanded during the 20th century by the erection of the Northern wing, named Ala Ceschi. On the 29 July 2016 was opened the second floor. The MArTA in his magnificent new look HAS BEEN RETURNED TO THE PUBLIC!. It's a leap into history: a story of Taranto and the territory. The new exhibition traces the history of men and women from the Paleolithic until the IV century B.C; completing the exhibition of the first floor of the museum
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1-2 hours
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martin b
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Couples
Only for Italians, too difficult for foreign tourists. You can't buy a ticket at the museum, you have to fill in an online form and create an account with all your personal data: address etc. Then you can buy tickets, so we jumped all that hoops but did not get the mail with the reservation no. They did collect the money but no number, no entry. I showed them the bank transfer wich said 16,- and the name of their museum, but not a number, so: Bye customers, thank you for your money! What a bureaucracy, unbelievable!!!
Written June 26, 2021
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SomiLondon
Kew, UK178 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
A cut above many in Italy. Tells a great story, beautifully laid out, very well written descriptions of the wonderful treasures in both Italian and first class English. Well worth a visit. Currently online timed booking only though they also sold tickets at the desk as not busy.
Written October 7, 2020
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Dimitrios L
Athens, Greece24 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Needs booking a day before. Greeks ancient city pieces... Taranto was new town and territory from Greeks Spartans..
Written December 19, 2019
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Ppoupore
Clyde, Texas707 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
We were blown away by this Archeological museum of Taranto agreeing it is among the top we have been to in the world. We very much appreciated the English signage
The sequential display of artifacts, the quality and the clear markings, with dates was most informative. This is world class impressive!
Written November 3, 2019
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johannes0692
Venlo, The Netherlands37 contributions
Jul 2019
The museum has an interesting display from the pre-historic history of the area and later periods. Look for the right opening hours and ask specifically which floor will be open at what time. The floors are openend one aftre the other, because the museum is understaffed
Written October 28, 2019
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Margaret S
Napier, New Zealand544 contributions
Sep 2019
A must do in Taranto, make sure you allow two hours. Check out both floors. The collection is huge and varied. I liked the Versace symbol history and the gold death wreaths. Also some great mosaics,
Written September 10, 2019
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geo k
Athens, Greece93 contributions
Aug 2019
very nice things great variety amazing vases magna grecia in a way you never see it in the city, worth a couple of hours at least
Written September 6, 2019
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varejeira
Lisbon, Portugal44 contributions
Aug 2019
Despite the overall estate of abandonment of the city, and the evident bankruptcy of its institutions, this little museum manages to stay open. Yes, opening times alternate between floors, something that seems to have disturbed some reviewers here. What happens is that the museum is understaffed, and there’s no money to keep all rooms open at the same time. The situation is more heartbreaking than confusing, and, in all honesty, the time will fly and you’ll find that you may wish you had more than one hour to dedicate to each floor (but nothing stops you from taking the stairs again and go up and down with the staff).
In general, the museum is extremely interesting, with pieces that we rarely see in other collections dedicated to the Antiquity. As a classicist myself, I was quite astonished by the colours of some objects, and by the differences in drawing styles from more known vases.
The information on the collection is well done and translated into English, though there are some cards that must be updated asap (for example, when it says the "N word" *** rather than “Negro”, which I really really really really really really want to believe was a typo or a mistranslation, rather than a display of racism…)
If you come to Taranto for the museum, consider the visit worth it. Otherwise, if you came to see the city, visit the museum as a harbour of some hope that there are some people around who still try to rescue the land’s historical treasures, in a great contrast with what’s happening to the central island.

*** I had to write the "N word" because this site doesn't let me quote what is actually written in the card. Probably for the best.
Written August 16, 2019
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Written August 17, 2019
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Little Jenny
London, UK444 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We attempted to visit this museum but parts of it were all open at different times with restrictions. The explanation of what was open and when was so confusing that we left!
Written July 29, 2019
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Sam T
33 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We arrived at 10.15 and discovered each floor we could only have 1 hour on. We started on the 3rd and didn't really have enough time to really take in the information on the exhibits. The 2nd floor wasn't in use so had to go to the 1st for 11:30.

Nice exhibits but poorly arranged and timings were rubbish.
Written July 5, 2019
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