National Archaeological Museum of Taranto

Taranto, Italy

The National Archaeological Museum of Taranto (MArTA) exhibits one of the largest collections of artifacts from the Magna Graecia, including the Gold of Taranto. The museum is operated by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities of Italy.

The museum was established in 1887 and since then it has been housed in the former Convent of the Alcantarini Friars, or the Friars of San Pasquale, built shortly after the mid-eighteenth century.

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Via Cavour 10, Taranto, Italy
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Founded: 1887
Category: Museums in Italy

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babysooz (5 months ago)
Definitely a must see. I enjoyed a lot this museum, it has very rich collections, explaining the history of Taranto since the first humans are known to be there up to medieval times. Fascinating. Totally worth. I spent 2h and could have been an extra one. Descriptions are in Italian and English. I trust Italian nationals can download an app for further explanation (apparently only available for Italian phone numbers, or at least I was told so at the entrance).
C Cutler (11 months ago)
And impressive collection of ancient artifacts. It’s mine boggling to think some of these relics date back to the six - eighth century BC. Beautifully displayed with good lighting and historical commentary. It would be nice to have audio guide option.
Tony Thompson (11 months ago)
Brilliant. Stunning. Sublime. The rooms and their collections are intelligently and artfully and skillfully designed. Super nice staff. Breathtaking. What a wonderful experience.
Katy Pover (12 months ago)
Fabulous place, descriptors in Italian And English, so much history to look at... thank heavens for the arrows on the floor!! Or we would have missed half of it. Look out for the random Egyptian babboon ?
Philip Carpenter (16 months ago)
Go here to see the most remarkable ancient jewelry, and exquisite Roman mosaics. There's so much more to enjoy, but those two things stop you in your tracks. Taranto is a grim place in some ways, but the museum makes the journey well worthwhile.
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