Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas", Palermo

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The Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas is a museum in Palermo, Italy. It possesses one of the richest collections of Punic and Ancient Greek art in Italy, as well as many items related to the history of Sicily. Formerly the property of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, the museum is dedicated to Antonio Salinas, a famous archaeologist and numismatist from Palermo. It is part of the Olivella monumental complex, which includes the Church of St. Ignatius and the adjoining Oratory.
The construction of the Olivella complex was begun in the late sixteenth century by the architect Antonio Muttone for the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri and completed in the seventeenth century. Following the law on the suppression of religious orders of 1866 the building was confiscated and became home to the museum.
During the Second World War the director of the museum, Jole Bovio Marconi, moved all the material held in the museum to the monastery of San Martino delle Scale. This saved the collection from destruction by the bombing during the Allied invasion of Sicily. In 1949 Bovio Marconi was made responsible for the redevelopment of the museum, as the building was heavily damaged the building was renovated by architect William De Angelis D'Ossat. From 18 July 2011 the museum has been closed for renovation. As of September 2015, only a small part of the museum is accessible free of charge. It is uncertain when the full exhibition will be reopened. Use our Palermo travel itinerary planner to visit Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas" on your trip to Palermo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • With the proper care and publicity, this museum could be turned into a premier museum of Sicily. Maybe even Italy. The collection is fantastic. There is some wonderful history to be found in these.....  more
    With the proper care and publicity, this museum could be turned into a premier museum of Sicily. Maybe even Italy. The collection is fantastic. There is some wonderful history to be found in these.....  more »
  • One of the best archeological museums I have visited. Information was provided to put the historical items in perspective. The interior of the palazzo/museum if wonderful. Nice coffee bar. Not much... 
    One of the best archeological museums I have visited. Information was provided to put the historical items in perspective. The interior of the palazzo/museum if wonderful. Nice coffee bar. Not much...  more »
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  • Quite a relaxed and easy going museum with a lot of things. Very clean and well organised, but a little bit monotonous. The garden (inside) offers some space to relax and unwind. The turtles 🐢are very cute!
  • It's an incredible museum. It has not so large exhibition, but the ancient Greek and Roman objects are quite interesting.

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