Museo Etrusco Guarnacci

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci, Volterra: Hours, Address, Museo Etrusco Guarnacci Reviews: 4/5

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Museo Etrusco Guarnacci

Museo Etrusco Guarnacci
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This museum houses one of Italy's best collections of Etruscan artifacts.
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain8,350 contributions
Very interesting Etruscan museum
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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HapyGuy7
Bluffton, SC1,620 contributions
Good but not great
Nov 2019
disappointed We were hoping for more. This could be a great experience if there were more exhibits and explanations
Written April 10, 2020
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cfuller603
Washington DC, DC957 contributions
Need a guide or audioguide
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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MarcelandLucy
Sydney, Australia38 contributions
A time so long ago
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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LKWendel
Westfield, NJ2,307 contributions
Impressive and Unique
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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PaulAndJoy167
Leicester, UK419 contributions
Interesting museum but more information needed
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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Todd H
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States189 contributions
Lots of cool artifacts, but limited interpretation
Aug 2019
Very old museum, with an extensive collection of Etruscan artifacts. Lots and lots of burial urns. I mean a lot of urns. Also many coins, vases, jars and other items. Unfortunately very little interpretation of them, how they were used, Etruscan language and culture, etc. You'll want the audio guide, since almost nothing is written. Still a good visit to see why the Renascence was so innovative.
Written August 10, 2019
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Keith L
Seattle, WA17 contributions
Good Museo.
Jul 2019 • Family
English language visitors will be a bit mystified by what is going on. We didn’t get the audio guide. That might help.
Written July 28, 2019
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Ian W
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Great Etruscan treasures - how to waste them
Jul 2019 • Friends
Tragic waste. I have been an history teacher and have a degree in history, and another in archaeology. I have a good grounding in Latin and some Italian and Ancient Greek. This museum should have been a must for me. To be fair, the exhibits were priceless, but everything else was a let down, heaps and heaps of 'stuff', ordered together by type. Plonk, plonk, plonk on shelves, like toy soldiers. 2 whole floors of tombs and sarcophagi. Think how you might make these objects talk. This museum does not try. Nothing meaningful about the nature of Etruscan funerals and their view of the afterlife, no drawings. Poor labels, even in Italian. Nothing about Etruscan language, writing, origins of the Etruscans, eg Villonovan culture, interactions with Romans. Little sense of their development, Etruscan life, their economy. How did they acquire the use of iron? Forget it. The top floor is laid out slightly better, but by that stage, you are brain dead, trying to make any sense of this vast store of stuff. This a dull example of a 19th century museum. More of a warehouse of stuff dug up form the ground. Go there if you must, but take children there at your peril. They may never forgive you.
Written July 21, 2019
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Ray W
108 contributions
Much better than expected. Well presented history
Jul 2019 • Couples
Neither of us are great fans of museums. The Etruscan museum is really surprising. The urns ate fascinating and the development of the art and use of materials over time is great to see. The number of urns is remarkable.
The sculpture and figures are also excellent. The shadow of the night figure is amazing. Worth going up to the third floor to find it.
Written July 8, 2019
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Museo Etrusco Guarnacci is open:
  • 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