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Guarnacci Etrurian Museum, Volterra

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  • The museum is well laid out and interesting to visit. However, after you have seen the MANY Etruscan tombs, and their contents, on the lower floor you could easily skip most of the next two floors of ...  more »
  • Its a small museum containing hundreds of more or less of the same objects. Nice for 30 minutes or so. Also all information is available in Italian only so used Google translate a lot of times.They ha...  more »
  • The Guarnacci Museum is one of the oldest public museums of Europe: having been opened in the year 1761 when the noble Abbot Mario Guarnacci (born in 1701 and died in Florence in 1785) gives his archaeological heritage, collected in many years of research and purchases, to "public of the city of Volterra." The donation, including a library of over 50,000 volumes, it was an act of extreme foresight as it gave the possibility to equip the city of important cultural tool and adjured the great danger that the considerable estate accumulated with so many sacrifices disband.
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  • Interesting exhibitions, but almost no description of what things were and almost nothing in English. Still enjoyable if you're prepared to try and work things out for yourself!
  • I was positively impressed with the size of the collection especially in comparison with the Cerveteri etruscan museum.
  • One things for certain the amount and quality of Etruscan art in this collection is truly astounding. The workmanship and detail on the alabaster and terracotta urns helps bring the past to life. On the downside, one of the responsibilities of a museum should be to educate and the Guarnaccia falls woefully short. The information contained on the labelling (even in Italian) tended toward the minimalistic and it would have been good if a number of artifacts could have been highlighted because of what they revealed about Etruscan culture. About half way through the exhibition I did notice what looked like numbers on some of the exhibets that seem to belong to an audio guide but I was not offered a guide at the entrance and I did not see any for hire. Perhaps the grumpy looking person on the front desk forgot to inform me, she seemed very preoccupied with making me shut the door properly, making sure I was not carrying a bag and informing me I was not allowed to take photos.
  • This was a kind of weird museum. I enjoyed it, but at some point it stopped being interesting to see Etruscan funerary urns. That's primarily what's in this museum. Worth seeing as a part of the family pass or if you've got a large interest in Etruscan funerary urns, that's about it. Maybe better with a tour guide.
  • Boring, just A LOT of poteries put on shelves without any explanation. Not interesting at all. The most interesting thing is that it is one of the oldest European museum. Opened during the 18th century, probably didn't change since...

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