The Museo Nazionale Archeologico of Nuoro was established in 2002 in the square Piazza Asproni and is housed in a manor palace dating back to the late 1800s that belonged to the intellectual and politician from Bitti, Giorgio Asproni (1808-1876). It is within a walking distance of the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Neve and the Library "Sebastiano Satta" (Headquarters and Sezione Sardegna). The first Speleological - Archaeological Museum of Nuoro was housed in the small and inadequate building of the elementary school "Ferdinando Podda" -, which was permanently closed in 1993 due to the new safety regulations and to the impossibility of modify the school building. After the Municipality of Nuoro donated the historic building to the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, the archaeological finds have therefore been moved and placed in today’s building that could be easily used to keep and exhibit the artifacts and was split into two sections: a paleontological and an archaeological section.
The Canon Mauro Sale collected the first objects of the museum collection and entrusted the items to the Municipality of Nuoro: the collection was cataloged for the first time on May, 7th, 1937, and was entrusted to the Library Sebastiano Satta with an official document and memorandum signed by the Canon and by the representatives of the Municipality and of the Library. On August, 18th, 1976, the collection - which had grown thanks to the donations of private donors in the meantime - was entrusted to the Gruppo Grotte Nuorese that exhibited it in a permanent exhibition coinciding with the 22nd Meeting of the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory.
Thanks to the work of the speleologists of the Gruppo Grotte Nuorese that made many important discoveries of materials, the first wing of the Museum was established. It featured the Town's Collection, which included a hundred Nuragic, Hellenistic, Roman and early medieval objects and a collection of over 200 coins dating back to different periods, that were collected at the beginning of 1900, The Speleological - Archaeological Museum was established on October, 23rd, 1978, on the occasion of the 22nd Meeting of the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory. The importance of this cultural event encouraged many private collectors to donate or deposit additional archaeological materials of scientific and documentary interest, which were later commented in a catalog that was published when the exhibition took place.
In 1981, following the establishment of the Archaeological Superintendence in Nuoro, the Museum was staffed with state employees and started intense scientific research throughout the area, mainly for preservation purposes. Research led to the discovery of new and numerous finds that were moved to a more appropriate exhibition center, i.e. today’s Museo Nazionale Archeologico.
The new exhibition is temporarily housed only on the ground floor of the Palazzo Asproni, pending completion of upper floors. The archaeological exhibition features a chronological display of the anthropic settlements in the areas of Nuoro and Ogliastra from the Upper Palaeolithic (20.000 BC) to the late Middle Ages. Ages can be easily identified thanks to the illustrations of the different cultures with some specific objects displayed in the various spaces. The most significant representations of the ages include the reconstruction of the Nuragic places of worship dedicated to the divinity of the waters, and the least known aspects of the Paleo-Sardinian architecture (especially that of Nuragic places of worship), clothing and aesthetic taste in inland areas. Special attention is actually dedicated to the artifacts and the personal ornaments.
Visitors can easily appreciate the peculiarities and the Island's importance in respect to the numerous and best known civilizations of the Mediterranean area, thanks to the finds, the educational materials and the different thematic and geographic itineraries. Recent research has actually freed Sardinia from the old stereotypies, especially as regards the contacts and the exchanges with other cultures, and the influence that these relationships had on the Island's specific intrinsic vitality.
|Museum name:||Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Nuoro|
|Full address:||Via Mannu 1, 08100 Nuoro (NU)
|Phone:||+39 0784 31688
|Opening times:||Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tickets: 2 Euro
Free entrance: under 18s; teachers and students of the faculties of Architecture, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Educational Sciences and Humanities (Archeology or Art History). Students can receive free tickets upon presentation of the certificate of registration for the current academic year.
Half-price ticket: citizens of the European Union between eighteen and twenty-five years old; teachers permanently employed in public schools.
|Closing days:||Sunday, Monday and holidays|