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.


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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Lost Dreamer (3 months ago)
Magnificent. We visited the museum the day after we went to the Selinunte and Segesta archaeological parks, so the experience couldn't be better. The collection holds all the sculpture pieces and pottery found at Selinunte and it's a must if you enjoyed your visit to those Greek ruins. The rooms that exhibit the Gorgon and the metopes are breathtaking. Most of the pieces include really detailed explanations, both in Italian and English, that allow the visitor to really acquire a deep understanding of the pieces shown. There are also really interesting and beautiful Roman sculptures and some pottery, although the pottery collection is nowhere close to the extension of the one exhibited in Agrigento. To sum up, this museum is an absolute must for anyone who has enjoyed Sicily's heritage, as it will complete many of the outdoor visits. Don't do as we did and save more than a couple of hours to enjoy it, because it's really worth it. Even the book shop is lovely
Julia Fontaine (6 months ago)
Not a lot of interesting pieces to see, the garden in de middle is nice.
Dexter Van-Hieu Bui (7 months ago)
Entrance fee is €6 but the museum is quite small. There is a beautiful quiet garden in the center where you can sit. They have very interesting pieces to check out and also very cute turtles!
philippe cassia (9 months ago)
What a beautiful museum. Well organized, a very rich and diverse collection, well exposed and explained. What a dramatic contrast with the archeological museum in Syracuse …
email tolead (9 months ago)
Want to make a cheap and quick antigen COVID test? Buy a ticket and ask for 'tampone' or a quick covid test. It will be valid for next 48 hours. Be aware that the doctor has a break between 1:30 PM and 3 PM.
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