The collection of Etruscan cinerary urns most important in Italy

Volterra---Ombra-della-Sera-copia

The suggestive actuality of the elongated form of the Ombra della Sera (Shadow of the evening), or the disturbing expression on the faces of the ageing couple figured on the Urna degli sposi (Urn of the married couple) are reason enough to visit the Guarnacci museum, one of the earliest public museums in Europe.
The beautiful palace where the Etruscan and Roman collections from Volterra are displayed along with the period design of the interior of the museum and the criteria used for the presentation of the collection, make an historical statement of a certain way of making culture.
Visitors to the museum today might have the impression of an institution with a double personality. In the oldest part of the museum the collection is exhibited in period furniture with objects often grouped together for the sole reason they are made of the same material. In the contemporary part of the museum a more modern conception is used to display a selection of the most significant works along with explanatory panels.

The museum was founded in the mid-18th century in what was an epoch of intense research into Italian antiquity during which Volterra was an important cultural capital.

È anche uno dei musei etruschi più antichi e più importanti d’Italia. In esso sono conservati la maggior parte dei materiali provenienti da scavi e ricerche a Volterra e nel suo territorio.
Il nucleo principale del museo è costituito da circa 600 urnette funerarie etrusche, destinate a raccogliere le ceneri dei defunti. La produzione si diffuse a Volterra fra il IV e il I secolo a. C. usando vari materiali: terracotta, pietra, alabastro. Le urne più significative sono in alabastro, materiale facile da modellare e che si prestava anche ad essere dipinto. Fra i reperti più famosi vi è l’Ombra della Sera, un bronzetto etrusco dalla caratteristica forma allungata, la Stele di Avile Tite, l’Urna degli Sposi.

Guarnacci Etruscan Museum

Address:

Via Don Minzoni, 15
56048 Volterra (PI)
tel. + 39-0588 86347
Daily open except 01/01 and 25/12

Timetable:  
From 14th March to 1st November daily open:
daily from 10:30 a.m. until 05:30 p.m.
From 2nd November to 30th November:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 04:30 p.m.
From 1st December until 8th January:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 06:00 p.m.
From 9th January until 13rd March:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 04:30 p.m.
 
Special openings:
25th December from 03:30 p.m. until 07:30 p.m.
1st January from 12:00 a.m. until 06:00 p.m.
 
Reservations:  
Tel: +39 0588 86347
 
Tariffs  
8.00 € full
6,00 € reduced (Boys 6-12, over 60, Coop and TCI)
6,00 € Adult groups (min 15 pax)
 
Tariffs Volterra Card (valid 72 hours)
Museo Etrusco Guarnacci, Pinacoteca, Ecomuseo dell’Alabastro, Palazzo dei Priori, Acropoli and Teatro Romano
 
14.00 € full
22,00 € Family (2 adults and 2 under 16)
12,00 € reduced (Boys 6-12, over 60, Coop and TCI)
10,00 € Adult groups (min 15 pax)
6,00 € Student groups (min 15 pax)
under 6: free

Museum Guide

Etruscan Museum Guide

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Introduction to the Museums of the Cecina Valley

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Archaeological Heritage

Sites of historical interest

Satellite Coordinates Lat. 43.400862 – Long. 10.864177
Official Website Etruscan Museum Guarnacci – Comune di Volterra
Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera S.c.r.l.
Via Franceschini, 34 - 56048 Volterra (PI) - PIVA 01308340502
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