Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari, Cagliari

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The Museo archeologico nazionale ("National Archaeological Museum") is a museum in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy).

The museum houses findings from the pre-Nuragic and Nuragic age to the Byzantine age. These include a large collection of prehistoric bronze statuettes from the Nuragic age, some earlier stone statuettes of female divinities, reconstruction of a Phoenician settlement, the Nora Stone, Carthaginian goldsmith examples, Roman and Italic ceramics and Byzantine jewels.
The museum houses a valuable collection of wax anatomical models made in Florence by the sculptor Clemente Susini from dissections by the anatomist Francesco Antonio Boi between 1801 and 1805. The collection is housed in a pentagonal room. Preparation of the models was funded by Charles Felix (1765-1831), the younger brother of King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia (1759-1824), and the collection was originally held in his Museum of Natural History and Antiquities - these were transferred to the University of Cagliari in 1858, then to the museum in 1991.
The museum itself was formerly an armory. After falling into disrepair, the building was rebuilt by Italian architect Libero Cecchini.
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  • Museum covers everything in Sardinia from Neolithic age (brilliant carved statues from 6,000years BC) through Bronze Age (Nuraghic period), to Roman times. It has descriptions in italian and english.....  more »
  • Prepare for a steep up-hill climb if you're coming from the marina :) but the hike is worth it.This is a great museum to see after you've already visited some historic sites around the southwest and.....  more »
  • Lovely museum, film history of Sardinia on display here with artifacts from all eras. Well laid out and well lit. English translations. Small shop with some books and souvenirs. Definitely worth a visit. Low entrance fee. €7 per adult. Visited July 2019
  • Very good explanations and they even have models of pieces in plastic in order to touch them and make the experience more interactive. One of the best and most interesting places in Cagliari.

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