Museo Etrusco Guarnacci
Museo Etrusco Guarnacci
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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This museum houses one of Italy's best collections of Etruscan artifacts.
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Melinda G
Charlottesville, VA51 contributions
Jun 2022
First off, we love all things Etruscan, therefore we loved the museum in Volterra. Yes, there are loads of sarcophagui but they vary and show the interests of their occupants or the Etruscan mythology, so I found them interesting. And the hauntingly beautiful statue of the young Etruscan boy is worth the price of admission. But we were allowed to peek at the street they are unearthing behind the gift desk! What a find! Can't wait to return and see what else they dig up!
Written July 3, 2022
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GloriaAnchio
Philadelphia, PA182 contributions
Jul 2022
Having been to this museum in 2012, I read the reviews and wondered whether I should spend time there again. My memory was of a poorly lit, boring museum, with few explanations. I had gone because the Etruscan civilization had been considered quite advanced, but from this museum all one could gather is that they had an unusual focus on funeral urns It appears that since 2015, changes have occurred. The lighting is excellent (track lighting with high intensity bulbs). The interiors have been painted in appropriate colors (and the place no longer looks drab). there are more explanatory signs and everything in Italian has been translated into Italian. Having said all this, I would caution that this is not a museum for children, and even for adults, the visitor should have some interest in ancient civilizations. I would expect most people would spend one hour there. My suggestion to the museum authority is to create a 7-minute video showing where the funeral urns were found, discussing Etruscan civilization and having some narrator or scholar discourse on some of the more celebrated holdings of the museum. Also Msgr Guarnacci is discussed as he started the collection and it is mentioned that he had acquired a vast holding of books that are part of a library. One does not see the library, so it would be nice to show some of the most important books in a video like this.
Written July 12, 2022
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WyoLaw53
Boerne, TX192 contributions
May 2022
This was a nice museum, and you can learn about the history of the Etruscans. The only critique would be that the entire museum focuses on the Etruscan burial boxes, or funerary urns. Beautifully and intricately decorated, yes, but that was really it? We spent about thirty minutes in the museum, and then were done. If funerary urns and boxes are your thing, this'll be heaven to you, if not? You'll think the price of admission was a bit much. ha.
Written February 27, 2023
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain10,716 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Museo Etrusco Guarnacci is the Etruscan museum located in the medieval city called Volterra, in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It is a place, where you can see a lot of Etruscan tombstones and you can learn a lot about the region and the history. Really interesting for history-lovers. Also there are some other objectsblike mosaics or statues and at the end you can see an sculpture of Alberto Giacometti.
Written May 11, 2020
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cfuller603
Washington DC, DC966 contributions
Oct 2019
We were lucky to have a local guide walk us through the highlights in the hour we had before the museum closed. Otherwise we'd have been there for hours and not appreciated as much. Therrs just so much to see here but no signs in English. Definitely recommend the audioguide. There are 3 floors with the ground floor showing some of the oldest tombs and artifacts. It's hard to believe the level of art devopment by the Etruscans in the 8th to 1st centuries BC. They had contact with the Greeks and very highly developed till conquered by the Romans.
Written January 24, 2020
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RoaminChicagoBoys
Fort Collins, CO125 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
While we understand Italy is the seat of the Catholic faith, and we understand that our family is not accepted in many parts of the world, it is however 2013 and so we simply were not prepared for the slap in the face we received at this museum. Upon walking in, we read the ticket prices, and perhaps being used to Chicago museum definitions of "family", as two adults with children, we smilingly asked for a family pass entrance. The woman behind the desk however got very angry and yelled at us in Italian that a family is made up of a mother and a father, and NOT two men. She then turned her head away to cut off any further communication. So, we left, disappointed and upset. While we could certainly respect the museum's policy in how it defines entrance fees, it could have been handled differently. It was upsetting to us and our son and put a pallor over our perception of Volterra.
Written September 1, 2013
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LKWendel
Westfield, NJ2,311 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This museum is three levels filled to the top and bottom with Etruscan artifacts. It can be a bit overwhelming but be prepared to spend about 1-2 hours surveying all the work. Most of the artifacts only have Italian descriptions but there are select few with English explanations. You can really get a appreciation for how advanced and pre-Roman culture was and not really seeing a lot of remains of this culture in other parts of Europe, so best to take advantage of that in visiting this museum. We found the first floor (ground floor) fascinating. It includes a vast collection of funerary urns (dating from the 1st-7th century BC). These were designed to contain the ashes of cremated loved ones and each urn is tenderly carved with unique scenes into the Etruscan life. They were married pieces meaning the casket on the bottom (which contained the remains) and an alter piece on top which is supposed to be a sculpture of the departed. Since there were lots of ruins upon discovery, some of the pieces are mis-matched. The two remaining floors contain impressive mosaic tiled floors and originally painted ceilings and the top floor features re-create gravesites. This was one of the most impressive and unique museums we visited in Tuscany and highly worth a few hours visit.
Written September 28, 2019
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Hed S
Tel Aviv, Israel135 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We went to Volterra thanks to the wise advice of our lovely hostess at Torraccia di Chiusi near San Gemignano. It's a magnificent old town, with breathtaking views, and this museum is one of its highlights: a splendid, impressive collection of artifacts from the Etruscan period - the best and largest of its kind in Italy. Go there!
Written July 2, 2019
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MarcelandLucy
Sydney, Australia38 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We found the Museo very interesting, lots to see. I recommend the hand set @ €3 per person, a couple can share one. This tells you about each section, in detail. Unfortunately a few parts of the exhibit were missing, but it was all good.
Written November 25, 2019
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Paul J
Leicester, UK444 contributions
Sep 2019
The Etruscans were an ancient civilisation in this area of Italy prior to the Romans. This museum houses the many finds from Etruscan tombs. There were a surprising amount of antiquities (e.g. a LOT of funeral urns) but not much information in English. Perhaps we should have got an audio guide. Worth seeing. I don't think children would find it very interesting though.
Written September 10, 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tue - Tue 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thu - Thu 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM



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