Museo Archeologico Nazionale

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Very good

Adela V
5 contributions
Apr 2022
An amazingly rich collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities as well as Egyptian findings in a renovated building with nicely explained historical highlights. Featuring also a buoyant garden with a tempting mandarine tree but it was closed at the time of our visit.
Written April 28, 2022
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Stephen O'C
Vienna, Austria12 contributions
Apr 2022
First of all, opening times are a bit strange, so do check before your visit.
We visited on a Tuesday morning, about 09:45 (opening time at 08:30).

Admission prices are very reasonable, considering the extent of the collection.

This is a vast collection and we spent about 3.5 hours immersing ourselves in it.
The collection covers Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultures, with a big focus on the Etruscans and Magna Graecia. I didn't know a lot about the Etruscans before my visit, but really enjoyed the artefacts and the curators' explanations.

Most of the texts are in English and Italian, you can also buy a guidebook in the gift-shop before entering the museum.

There were a few school-groups in the museum, but they moved along regularly and didn't delve into the deeper reaches of the museum. Most of the time, we were all alone during our visit, save the occasional museum employee.

The stars of the collection are several bronze statues (Chimera, Orator and Minerva of Arezzo) and significant ceramic pieces from Magna Graecia.

There is also a small, but very interesting, exhibit on the Medici connection to the museum. The garden is unfortunately closed to the public, despite being tantalisingly close at several points during the visit.

I can't recommend this museum enough to ancient history buffs and archaeology graduates, it is really worthy of your time and support, having several really significant bronzes and more Etruscan pottery than you've see in your life!
Written April 17, 2022
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Exploring Chris
Calgary, Canada252 contributions
Jan 2022
Admission is free if you buy the Uffizi Gallery 5 museum ticket, so we weren't expecting much, but were pleasantly surprised. The museum is quite large and has a vast collection of antiquities. This would also be good place to take kids and give them a break from all things renaissance. Impressive ancient Egyptian and Greek collections. We spent a lot more time in this museum than we had originally planned.
Written February 6, 2022
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Cleveland, OH39 contributions
Nov 2021
Make a point of visiting this museum to see life-size bronze statues of an Etruscan orator and the monstrous Chimera, among other treasures. But if you prefer the small and exquisite, visit the corridor upstairs where you can gaze closely at the ancient gems from the collections of the Medici. They are newly installed and well worth a leisurely tour. One of the best archaeological museums in all of Italy - which has many!
Written December 27, 2021
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands150 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Not everything was interessting. A lot of vases and stuff. But the Egyptian stuff was really nice to see. If you get a 5 day museum ticket for Uffizi then this ticket is for free.

So if you wanna spend like 1 hour 1.5 looking around seeing nice things. I would recommend this.
Written December 23, 2021
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New York11 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
This museum is very close to the Accademia and entry was included with my Uffizi 5 day pass so I decided to stop in. The hours vary and it is not open every weekend so best to check the times beforehand.

This place is huge. Plenty to see for those with a special interest in ancient history. The ground floor houses a temporary exhibit which consisted mainly of ancient Greek pottery and small bronzes. The second floor houses more Etruscan sculptures and a huge Egyptian collection containing numerous steles, sculptures, coffins, and even a couple of mummies. The top floor has a lot of Greek work including some rare bronze statues. The jewel and coin collection was closed in the day of my visit.

Many rooms have signs but it would have been better if more of the individual displays particularly the important pieces were better explained. There were some video screens set up but they did not display any content. The museum has an app but it keeps requesting an update and then crashes which renders it useless.

I would not have gone too far out of my way for this but it’s worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written December 4, 2021
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Castilenti, Italy6 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Open daily since January 2021 (check website for hours - Sunday varies). We spent nearly three hours and missed the Egyptian section but loved the focus on the Etruscan civilization and its incorporation into the Roman Empire. Major Etruscan bronzes such as the Chimera of Arezzo and artifacts from Magna Gracia- the painted sarcophagus of the Amazons- are highlights but the museum explains the interplay between ancient cultures through trade, imitation and the founding of colonies. Nice selection in the museum shop too, and the adjacent garden has recreations of Etruscan tombs.
Written September 14, 2021
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Montespertoli, Italy74 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
I came here 18 years ago and saw pretty much everything and was very impressed (5 stars for that visit). My second, long overdue visit was made during the COVID crisis, so a bit hard to judge fairly. The problem was the whole Graeco-Roman floor was closed, which meant I didn’t get to see the Francoise Vase, or the Minerva and Idolino bronzes. The monumental garden and courtyard were also closed, so basically half the museum. Funny thing though, the entrance ticket was the same price. Come on guys, get your act together! My advice, wait till the COVID crisis is over and hope they have reopened the rest of the museum.
Written August 6, 2020
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Towcester, UK881 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
On 2 floors, 3 usually but it was closed so we only saw the Egyptian and Italian history section.
A diversion away from the Medici family and renaissance art but nothing spectacular or that I haven’t seen before in other archaeology museums.
We visited as it was part of the ufizi passport ticket, I am not sure I would pay the entrance fee to visit if not especially as a whole floor of the museum wasn’t accessible.
Written March 4, 2020
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Boynton Beach, FL5,380 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
After five days of Renaissance Art and Churches I was looking for something different. I heard this museum had an Egyptian exhibit as part of their collection, so I decided to go.
First of all, the museum itself was once the home of a Medici and dates back to 1620. There is a short timeline video which gives a nice history of the building over the centuries.
As for the collections...Fantastic! One entire exhibit focused on Etruscan tombs which was fascinating, not to mention all of the items collected from these tombs. The Medici-Lorraine gems and seals exhibit contains 34 wonderfully displayed cases - some of the most impressive cameos I’ve ever seen. The coin collection is immense. There is a section devoted entirely to funerary urns and sarcophagi which is the largest single collection I’ve ever seen. The Greco/Roman section is chock full of pottery, sculptures and art - be sure to see the Francois Vase! As for the Egyptian exhibit...I spent a few weeks in Egypt last year and I must say I was very impressed with the size of the collection as well as the accompanying informative descriptions. I spent almost three hours here and could have spent even more time. The museum exhibits flowed nicely with excellent descriptions. Arrows throughout the museum show you where to go/continue to the next exhibit. Bathrooms are located on every floor. Crowds are nonexistent. Aside from one small school group, I only encountered a handful of other visitors. The 8 euro admission fee is a small price to pay for such a wonderful museum. Note: the courtyard garden is only open on the weekend.
Written February 21, 2020
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