Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia

Reggio Calabria, Italy

The Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia (National Museum of Magna Græcia) is a museum in Reggio Calabria, housing an archaeological collection from sites in Magna Graecia.

Initially formed with a nucleus of material ceded from the city's Museo Civico in the 19th century, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale della Magna Grecia then grew via many discoveries in various excavation campaigns in the ancient city-states of Calabria, Basilicata and Sicily. 

The two large, well-preserved 5th century BC Riace bronzes, found in the province of Reggio, are thought to be the most significant bronze sculptures from the Greek period and among the few survivors of works by its master sculptors. Recent studies suggest they may represent Tydeus and Amphiaraus from a larger group of the Seven against Thebes.



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Founded: 1932
Category: Museums in Italy

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Benjamin Buckley (3 months ago)
There are many pictures already. But this was a great stop for the history of the area going back to the first people to come into Italy! The bronze statues were absolutely incredible!!!
Ricardo Mendes (5 months ago)
A Museum with a very well placed collection. There's much more than their bronze unique statues. A "must see" place in south Italy.
Simon Gittins (7 months ago)
A marvellous museum with many works from excavations from the numerous areas and towns of Italian Magna Graecia. Enormous amounts of didactic information on the complex archeological history of the area. On a less positive note, at least in late September, the museum is besieged with large Northern European tour groups which makes accessing the museums “crown jewels” the Bronzes of Riace, something of a trial as there is a tedious timed air lock access system which you have to navigate before gaining access to the Holy of Holies.
Scot S (12 months ago)
Fantastic museum with many artifacts from the 6th to 4th centuries bc. Well worth a visit when in Reggio Calabria. Highly recommended.
David Lewis (14 months ago)
This museum is the only one in all of Italy that was actually built as a museum and has remained that way since it was built. All displays have detailed information about the items. They take you through the very early part of the historical times up to and including the two bronze full body statues that were recently retrieved from the Mediterranean sea. Plan on spending at least three hours if you want to see it all
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