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Address: Piazza Corrias, 09170, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Antiquarium Arborense, founded in 1938, is the most important museum in...

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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 11, 2015
ian h
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 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.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 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 modern interior in a classic building. There is a cafe area which was not in... More 

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Monroe, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 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 sights around the area.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 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, a few medieval painting. There is also a special tactile area set up for the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 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 in Sardinia, but nice to see if you have free 30 minutes and you like... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 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 Tharros on the second floor. I visited Archaeological Museum in Cagliari, which was excellent, couple... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 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 with.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012

This is a very thorough museum, I have never seen so much of interest about the pheonicians in one building before. Most of the information is in Italian one improvement would to be provide some in other languages. It was wonderful to find they have a tactile section for those who have poor sight and really enjoyed picking up and... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

This museum in the centre of Oristano shows archaeological finds from prehistory- Middle ages from in and around Oristano. In one of the rooms, where the finds from Tharros are shown, there is a reconstruction model of ancient Tharros, which gives you a great idea of the town and its surroundings. Temporary exhibitions are organized together with the departments of... More 

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