Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas

Palermo, Italy

The Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas 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.

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On the ground floor, a section is dedicated to the artefacts found underwater, including materials that were part of the cargo of vessels, stone anchors, strains of lead, lamps, amphoras and inscriptions ranging from the culture of the Phoenicians to that of the Romans.

The Phoenician section displays two large anthropomorphic sarcophagi of the fifth century BC from the necropolis of Pizzo Cannita (near modern Misilmeri). There are also sculptures of gods and Phoenician votive stelae from Mozia and Lilybaeum.

A reconstruction of the east pediment of the archaeological site of Selinunte is exhibited, displaying the Gorgon of Temple C, several metopes with mythological reliefs (Temples C and E) and sculptures of the archaic and classical period. In 1823, two British architects, Samuel Angell and William Harris, ventured to excavate at Selinunte in the course of their tour of Sicily, and came upon many fragments of sculptured metopes from the Archaic temple now known as “Temple C.” Although local officials tried to stop them, they continued their work, and attempted to export their finds to England, destined for the British Museum. Now in the shadow of the activities of Lord Elgin, Angell and Harris’s shipments were diverted to Palermo, where they remain to this day in the Archaeological Museum.

Artifacts from Himera are on display, as well as objects and sculptures from Solunto, Megara Hyblaea, Tindari, Kamarina and Agrigento. Among the most important works of art are the great Ram bronze of the third century BC from Syracuse, a Roman copy of a sculpture by Lysippus depicting Heracles catching the Ceryneian Hind and a Roman copy of a marble statue by Praxiteles depicting a satyr.

The Roman period is documented by a collection of sculptures and mosaics found in villas from Piazza Vittoria in Palermo, where the center of the Roman city was previously located. Even prehistoric cultures present in the caves around the territory of Palermo are exhibited in the museum.

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Founded: 1866
Category: Museums in Italy

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Anne Cayer (11 months ago)
Fantastic museum. Very interesting exhibit in a gorgeous space. ?
Kerry Mickleburgh (13 months ago)
A lovely space, very informative in English. We spent a morning here, with a joint ticket to the Botanical Gardens for €10. A lovely coffee shop here also.
Tim Nijsmans (14 months ago)
Great museum with lots of fabulous statues from antiquity. Quite place in a busy city.
Shayla O'Connor (14 months ago)
Stunning pieces! If you're between 18-25 years old i suggest getting the €5 combo ticket that also gets you into the Botanical Gardens, this museum and the garden were two of our favorite things we did in Palermo. When we went only the first floor was open and it took us about an hour and a half to get through everything. Lots of descriptions in both Italian and English 10/10 museum
Brice Pissard (2 years ago)
Very nice museum with a zoom on several antic periods and cities. Very useful if you plan to visit other areas of sicily.
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