Museo Archeologico Regionale

PARTIALLY CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS (SOME SECTIONS STILL OPEN)

The Archaeology Museum of Palermo

Palermo's archaeology museum gathers artifacts from across Sicily, from prehistoric times through the Romans, many of them quite good—especially the finds from the Greek colony of Selinute.

After some Egyptian and Phoenician materials, the Sicilian relics start in earnest with Selinute sculptures and 5th-century BC lion-head drain spouts from the Victory temple at Himera.

The metopes of Selinute

In room 7 are preserved the museum's greatest treasure, the metopes of Selinute. You can follow the development of native sculpture through the three series of these decorative friezes, starting with the flattened, early archaic (early 6th-century BC) scenes best represented by the Rape of Europa (that's the one with Zeus riding a cow).

There was a significant change in just a few decades perhaps to produce the also early 6th-century BC archaic metopes from Temple C, including Perseus beheading the Gorgon while Athena looks on, and The Chariot of Helios with four worn horses riding toward you.

There's a quantum leap in development by the 5th century BC that produced such classical metopes from Temple E as Heracles Battling an Amazon and Actaeon Savaged by Dogs.

In the center of the room is the ephebe of Selinute, a 460 BC bronze tomb statuette.

Highlights of the rest of the collections

Among the rest of the collections look for the 6th-century BC oinochoe vase from the Tuscan town of Chiusi, one of the most elaborate pieces of Etruscan bucchero (blackened earthenware) in existence.

Among the Roman bronzes are a 3rd century BC ram and a Heracles fighting a stag that may have served as the centerpiece for a Pompeiian villa's fountain.

The collection is rounded out by scads of Greek vases and a few prehistoric finds, including casts of Neolithic incised drawings discovered in the Addaura cave of Monte Pellegrino on Palermo's outskirts.

 

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Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas
Piazza Bara all'Olivella 24 (between Piazza Verdi and Via Roma
tel. +39-091-611-6807
www.regione.sicilia.it/beniculturali/salinas
SOME SECTIONS CLOSED DUE TO RENEVATIONS

Open Tues–Fri 9:30am–6:30pm; Sat–Sun 9:30am–1pm
Free admission

Bus: 101, 102, 103, 104, 107, 122, 124

Planning your time

Give the museum at least 30 minutes, more like 60–90 minutes if you are into archeology and ancient history.

Tourist info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it

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Details
Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas
Piazza Bara all'Olivella 24 (between Piazza Verdi and Via Roma
tel. +39-091-611-6807
www.regione.sicilia.it/beniculturali/salinas
SOME SECTIONS CLOSED DUE TO RENEVATIONS

Open Tues–Fri 9:30am–6:30pm; Sat–Sun 9:30am–1pm
Free admission

Bus: 101, 102, 103, 104, 107, 122, 124
Tourist Info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it


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