Italy Museo Civico Archeologico

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The Museo Civico Archeologico is located in the Palazzo Galvani just steps away from the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio. The museum opened to the public on 25 September 1881. It was a merger of two museums and became home to the many artifacts being excavated in and around Bologna at that time.

The interior courtyard houses the lapidarium and a fountain with a bronze putto sculpted by Stefano Galletti. The steps at the end of the courtyard lead to Giambologna’s statue of Neptune displayed at the top of the staircase.

The museum has on display an excellent Etruscan collection tracing Bologna’s history from 900–400 BC. They also have an extensive Egyptian collection in the basement. There are over 3,500 objects organized from the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period.

Among the museum’s “must see” works are the Horemheb reliefs, the torso of Nero, and a Roman mosaic floor.

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