From the Etruscan period to the present day

The Alabaster Ecomuseum is an environmental museum that tells the story of an ancient craft specific to Volterra from the excavation of the stone to its production and commercialisation.
The “museum of commercial archaeology”, housed in the Minucci medieval house-tower documents the alabaster craft from the Etruscan era to the present day.

The exhibit illustrates the excavation of the stone, its qualities, the styles and models used by the sculptors, the trading of the artefacts and the story of the travelling artisans who disseminated the alabaster craft throughout the world and brought economic wealth to Volterra and the surrounding area.

Volterra treasures an inestimable collection of alabaster sculptures and the display in the Ecomuseum is only a small part of this heritage.
The visit to the Ecomuseum should, therefore, be joined by a visit to collections such as those of the Guarnacci museum which houses a rich display of the art of alabaster carving during the Etruscan era, and Palazzo Viti, an historical home which offers a splendid array of antique alabaster artefacts.

The museum in the Minucci house-tower offers a chronological view of the alabaster craft from the Etruscan era to the present day and is enriched by the visit to an old workshop which the Town of Volterra has recently acquired from the Pagni family that bears testimony to the cultural and social traditions of Volterra.

Alabaster Ecomuseum

Address:

Via dei Sarti, Palazzo Minucci Solaini
56048 Volterra (PI)
Tel.: +39 0588 87580
Toll-free number: 800 223300

Timetable: From 16th March to 1st November, daily from 10:30 a.m. until 05:30 p.m.
From 2nd November to 15th March daily from 10:00 a.m. until 04:30 p.m.
 
Closing times:  
Closed at 25th December and at 1st January of each year
 
Reservations:  
Tel: +39 0588 86347
 
Price valid until 31st December 2015: Tariffe Volterra Card (valid 72 hours)
Museo Etrusco Guarnacci, Pinacoteca, Ecomuseo dell’Alabastro, Teatro Romano e Battistero
 
14.00 € full
20,00 € Family (2 adults and 2 under 18)
12,00 € Students & over 60
10,00 € Adult groups (min 20 pax)
5,00 € Student groups (min 20 pax)
under 6: free

Museum Guide

Ecomuseum of Alabaster Guide

Download HERE the Museum Guide

Introduction to the Museums of the Cecina Valley

Download HERE the Cecina Valley Museums introduction

Alabaster in history

Archaeological Heritage

Satellite Coordinates Lat. 43.402904 – Long. 10.859379
Official Website Ecomuseum of Alabaster – Municipalities of Volterra
Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera S.c.r.l.
Via Franceschini, 34 - 56048 Volterra (PI) - PIVA 01308340502
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