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MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca

Piazza Luca Signorelli 9 | Palazzo Casali, 52044, Cortona, Italy
+39 0575 637235
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A very good museum

We spent a rainy afternoon browsing the many displays in MAEC. The Etruscan displays were of most... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2016
Calgary, Canada
Great museum to learn and begin understanding the Etruscans

Well organized museum helped my husband and I learn more about the Etruscans. Plenty of... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2016
Herndon, VA
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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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  • Terrible1%
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Piazza Luca Signorelli 9 | Palazzo Casali, 52044, Cortona, Italy
+39 0575 637235
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

We spent a rainy afternoon browsing the many displays in MAEC. The Etruscan displays were of most interest but there is also lots of information about the history of the Cortona area. It is a very large museum so give your self at least a...More

Thank johnstoj
Reviewed October 28, 2016

Well organized museum helped my husband and I learn more about the Etruscans. Plenty of English-language explanations provide good context for the exhibits.

Thank fergusonjlf
Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Exhibits, collection, and English translations were wonderful. The Etruscan history is not well known, and Cortona is the home for a couple of notable excavations that help us understand the culture and lives of the time.

Thank Martha W
Reviewed September 14, 2016

It seems the town is proud of this museum but we were baffled by it. Even one of the write-ups described it as "higgledy-piggery!" Really, we did not find it to be curated well enough to be worth our time! I hate to say this...More

Thank SanFranciscoLucy
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Powerful little museum recently written up for its great collection of Etruscan artifacts. I enjoy it thoroughly each time (been there three times) because I both have a tour guide to help me and understand some Italian as well. If possible, arrange to get tour...More

Thank DonnaKarson
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in the Etruscans then this museum is a must. If you are curious about them and don't know a lot....you will not be much better informed when you leave. The displays could do with MUCH clearer explanations. A lot of knowledge...More

2  Thank Calpurnia33
Reviewed July 19, 2016

It's a real pity the so much interesting artefacts from the etruscan period are displayed so poorly. Obviously a lot of money was spend in setting up the displays but if you do not have good knowledge of the etruscan period, you will feel a...More

1  Thank igeert
Reviewed July 4, 2016

I have to admit, we didn't go through the entire museum. The exhibits are arrayed and displayed in a manner that is more fitting for an archaeology class than the explanation and/or description of a long vanished civilization. However, I came away with a reasonable...More

Thank Lorrin W
Reviewed June 25, 2016

We didn't like the current exhibit which was a contemporary artistic view of Tuscan relics. However, the museum is great. Note it is huge and goes from Etruscan through Renaissance. And easy to get lost in. There is no audio guide - most items are...More

1  Thank JoeHouston52
Reviewed June 18, 2016

I was disappointed by this museum. A lot of work went into the design of its displays, but the content was minimal. I found the Etruscan Museo in Orvieto, located across the street from the Catedrale, to have so much more to see and enjoy.

1  Thank leaper7
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