Aquileia Archaeological Museum

Aquileia, Italy

The original nucleus of the Archaeological Museum of Aquileia is the eighteenth-century Bertoli collection. The opening of the present venue at villa Cassis by the Austrian government dates back to 1882, whereas the final arrangement occurred after the Second World War.

The finds on display, which date back to the Roman age and all come from local excavations, are really remarkable. Among the most valuable pieces of the collection we would like to point out a Medici Venus, an old man's head of the 1st century B.C. and a rich collection of glassware, amber items, engraved stones and the numismatic collection.

The adjoining garden features the lapidarium, with architectural material, epigraphs, steles, mosaics, funerary areas; a specific section is dedicated to the remains of a Roman boat, found in the Lacus Timavi in Monfalcone.



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Founded: 1882
Category: Museums in Italy

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John Carey (3 years ago)
Small but interesting collection 9f Roman artifacts. Well worth a visit.
Emil Azinovic (3 years ago)
Great archeological museum with very good collection of all kind of ancient artifacts. I prefer collection of coins and jewelry.
Joan Stude (3 years ago)
Very nice museum with good explanations
Erlander (3 years ago)
It's hard to imagine that this small italian town of about 3.500 inhabitants was once one of the biggest cities in the known world. It was established in 181 BC by the Romans and almost 2000 years ago,during the times of the Roman Empire, it became one of the main military,trading and economic centers of antiquity with over 100.000 inhabitants. To feel and see some of it's former splendor,you should definitely take a stroll around many archeological sites that are easy to visit in the town. And you should absolutely not miss this splendid Roman museum. Walking through the rooms filled with artefacts, ,objects, statues and stone monuments from those long forgotten times feels like taking a time machine that can make you travel back in time to revive the Roman era for at least a couple of hours. And then you should visit the garden around the museum,where there is an exibition of thousands of Roman urns, columns and tombstones of all kind. Many of them are completely preserved and they have still visible latin inscriptions with dedications to the Gods, to the family members of the deceased and to others. If you are willing to take some time to read them and understand them, you will allow yourself to dive into many different stories of people,who once lived around these parts of the Roman Empire. It's like reading a great stone diary of ordinary women and men from antiquity. And you will find out that they were not so different from us. What to say more. The museum is a jewel. It' a small Rome far from Rome and a great place to get to know our own history. I wholeheartedly recimmend a visit!!
Flying Hanuman (4 years ago)
A well presented indoor and outdoor museum. Indoors there's collections of statuary, glass and various metal wares. Outside there's an extensive collection of covered mosaics and stonework. Friendly staff. Highly recommended!
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