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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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History come alive

Learning about Etruscan and Roman periods is so enhanced by seeing artifacts about their culture... read more

Reviewed May 25, 2013
John S
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SF Bay Area
Worth Seeing for Sure!

This museum features local Etruscan finds. Cortona brags that it is the grandparent of Rome so the... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2013
Spitfire444
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Kingston, Canada
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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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Piazza Luca Signorelli 9 | Palazzo Casali, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Learning about Etruscan and Roman periods is so enhanced by seeing artifacts about their culture first-hand.

Thank John S
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This museum features local Etruscan finds. Cortona brags that it is the grandparent of Rome so the collection predates the Roman era. We were astonished by the size of the museum and the extensive collection. Of particular interest is the display on the mass tombs...More

Thank Spitfire444
Reviewed May 3, 2013

I don't usually like this type of museum, but it was raining... What fascinated me was an additional exhibition of work by Severini and, via the museum shop, a section on how the artefacts were restored , which I found very interesting. Definitely worth a...More

Thank mariamogo
Reviewed February 11, 2013

A surprising combination of collections, Etruscan & Roman, liturgical art, famous local artists, nicely displayed. Be prepared to climb lots of steps.

1  Thank Mary320
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Between Dec. 2012 to March 2013 I think, there is a new display of Etruscan artifacts . It is not a large display but well worth the visit if this typeof thing interests you

1  Thank Rudy C
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Captivating to say the least. We were not offered the 3d glasses needed to view some of the film footage Make sure to ask for them.

Thank sylviarp
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Often hosting magnificent periodical Mostre like the current one,displays unique Etruscan objects fro local tombs:bronzes,ceramics and jewels.

Thank giuseppe c
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Before the Romans, the Etruscan culture dominated the central part of what is now Italy. Many artifacts from Etruscan sites in the Cortona area are well displayed and help put the development of the Etruscan to Roman culture into perspective.

Thank tdp45
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Nothing was interactive. Very old fashioned type of museum. My husband required the lift to return to reception and waited what seemed to be forever. It transpired that you are required to inform the receptionist if you need the lift so that she can press...More

2  Thank Lytchett
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Vist this if you are interested in history of BC and AC artifacts. Took us 2 hours to tour by ourselves but worth it lots of steps!

Thank Norine2313
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