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“Comprehensive and varied collection”

MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca
Ranked #5 of 56 things to do in Cortona
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Owner description: 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.
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Comprehensive and varied collection”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

This museum has both a fascinating Etruscan section as well as other exhibitions. When we were there these included a modern jewellery exhibit and a modern art exhibit. Whole not very engagi g for the youngest visitors - the collection is displayed in a somewhat dry manner - there is lots to learn and a comprehensive view of Etruscan life in the region. Definitely worth a visit. Most signs are translated into English.

Visited August 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Worthwhile visit”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This museum has a great collection of artefacts from Etruscan and Roman times, even from the Bronze Age. It is really well presented, particularly the lower part of the museum. As you move upstairs to more modern times (mostly), there is no more chronological presentation. Nevertheless, some if the artefacts here, including a bronze piece from pre-Etruscan times, were amazing.

Visited July 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Mesmerizing journey”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Fabulous artefacts and information. Beautifully presented. Stunning old building. Worth the 10 euro.

Visited June 2013
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Pasadena, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“One of the best museums”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

A truly spectacular museum - marvelous lay-out, fabulous exhibits, very easy to navigate - not to be missed

Visited June 2013
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Welsh Borders, UK
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“Good intro to thge pre-christian history of this place.”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

A very comprehensive collection of Etruscan remains and artefacts, well displayed and described. Worth an hour of anyone's time.

Visited June 2013
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