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Piazza Corrias, 09170 Oristano - Tel: 0783 791262 - info@antiquariumarborense.it

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The Antiquarium Arborense

The Antiquarium Arborense

The Antiquarium Arborense, founded in 1938, is the most important museum in the province of Oristano, dedicated to the famous scholar Giuseppe Pau: it shows a large number of archaeological discoveries which date back to different ages (Neolithic, Nuragic, Punic and Roman period), coming from the city of Tharros and the Sinis Peninsula.
The Museum houses an important picture gallery, with the surviving panels of three retables (painted multi-panel altarpieces): the retable of Saint Martin (15th century), the retable of the Holy Christ (1533, by Pietro Cavaro from Cagliari) and the retable of the Councillors of Oristano (1565, by Antioco Mainas from Cagliari). 
On the first floor, the museum hosts a miniature model of Tharros (4th century AD) and a miniature model of Oristano (14th century AD) during the age of the Giudicati, when the city was defended by imposing walls.

The Antiquarium Arborense is the only museum in Sardinia with a section for blind and visually impaired people, including the most beautiful pieces from the museum and the reproduction of valuable artefacts from Oristano’s cultural heritage. The artefacts, made of different materials (ceramic, plaster, bronze, wood and marble), are chronologically ordered and information is available in large print, audio and Braille formats.  
 
 
Currently the archaeological collection is enriched by the exhibition: "Carlo Alberto archaeologist in Sardinia. The false idols"
 
 
The Antiquarium Arborense opens daily, all year round except 25th/26th December and 1st January
Monday to Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am-2pm & 3pm-8pm
 
 
Stay connected! You can also explore the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, You Tube and Spotify!
 
 
 

 

Highlights

The merchant ships

Sezione nave oneraria 17/07/2021 Thanks to a miniature model of a Roman ship made by the Sardinia Romana Association looking at experimental archaeology, we will talk about the merchant ships that carried goods from port to port in the Mediterranean Sea: intense trades and a wide range of routes guaranteed the transport of food, amphorae, metals and pottery in every region of the Roman Empire...

The Montefortino bronze helmet and the panoply of a Roman legionary

Elmo montefortino 23/05/2021 Today we talk about the Montefortino bronze helmet, one of the most important finds in the Antiquarium Arborense, and the panoply of a Roman legionary in the battle of Cornus, reconstructed by the Sardinia Romana Association...

A formidable warship: the trireme

battaglia navale 23/05/2021 Thanks to a miniature model of a Roman trireme built by the Association Sardinia Romana according to the canons of experimental archaeology, we will tell you about one of the most important warships that sailed the Mediterranean Sea around the 3rd century BC. Light and fast, the trireme had an exceptional agility in manoeuvres and a high propulsive power...

The Sartiglia in honour of the royal wedding between Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy and Maria Adelaide of Austria

Maria Adelaide d'Austria 19/04/2021 In this video, we will talk about a special edition of Sartiglia, in honour of the royal wedding between Vittorio Emanuele Duke of Savoy and the Archduchess Maria Adelaide of Austria. The celebrations lasted for 24 days in Turin and the city council paid out 200,000 lire (the equivalent of 1,100,000 euro), of which 15,000 lire was for charity...

The Sartiglia in honour of Charles Emmanuel of Savoy

Carlo Emanuele di Savoia 09/04/2021 Today we will talk about two special editions of Sartiglia in honour of Charles Emmanuel of Savoy: in 1722 when he married Anne Christine of Sulzbach, and in 1724 when he married Polyxena of Hesse...

The Sartiglia in honour of the royal wedding between Philip V and Maria Luisa of Savoy

M.Luisa di Savoia 29/03/2021 In this video, we will talk about a special edition of Sartiglia in honour of the royal wedding between Philip V and Maria Luisa of Savoy, a marriage born as a pledge of the alliance between Louis XIV of France (the Sun King) and Victor Amadeus II of Savoy...

The Sartiglia in honour of Charles V in 1547

Carlo V d'Asburgo 23/03/2021 Thanks to some precious documents kept in the Historical Archives, in this video we will talk about the first Sartiglia attested in Oristano, probably on the occasion of the victory of Charles V of Habsburg, King of Spain and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, at the battle of Mühlberg on 24th April 1547 against the league of protestant princes...

The Sartiglia in honour of Saint Archelaus

S.Archelao 17/03/2021 Thanks to some precious documents kept in the Historical Archives of Oristano, in this video we will talk about some special editions of Sartiglia, the famous medieval equestrian tournament that has been running for several centuries in Oristano for Carnival. Today we will talk about Sartiglia in honour of Saint Archelaus, the patron saint of Oristano city, which probably took place in 1616...

The story of Saint Blaise

San Biagio Francesca 26/02/2021 Today we talk about the last martyr saint that we find in the retablo of the Holy Christ, on display at the Antiquarium Arborense. It is Saint Blaise, who died around the year 316 in Sebaste, Armenia...

The protomartyrs of Morocco

I 5 protomartiri 09/02/2021 Today we talk about the proto-martyrs represented in the retablo of the Holy Christ, on display at the Antiquarium Arborense. Beràrd, Otho, Peter, Accursius and Adjutus were the first missionaries sent by Francis to Morocco to promote Christianity. They were expelled twice, but they returned each time and continued to preach until...

The story of Saint Stephen

S.Stefano sfondo nero 31/01/2021 Today we talk about another martyr saint represented in the retablo of the Holy Christ: Saint Stephen, the first martyr of Christian history. He was one of the first seven deacons chosen by the early Christian community to assist the Apostles in their mission...

The story of Saint Catherine

santa cat PNG 22/01/2021 Today the protagonist is Saint Catherine, a young woman of noble birth, who was condemned to death by the emperor Maxentius and was martyred around 305 A.D. in Alexandria of Egypt...

The story of Saint Apollonia

Santa Apollonia 18/01/2021 Torture wheels, pincers, saws, swords...oh, don't be surprised...Today we talk about martyr saints! The protagonist is Saint Apollonia of Alexandria, who was martyred in 249 A.D. She is the patron saint of dental diseases as well as dentists...

Collection highlights: the God Thot

Dio Thot 31/05/2020 The Antiquarium Arborense houses a Phoenician amulet (7th-6th century B.C.) which represents an itiphallic baboon crouching on a flat base. The find comes from the archaeological excavations of Su Murru Mannu in the tophet area of Tharros...

Collection highlights: statue of god Silvanus

Dio Silvanus 23/05/2020 The Antiquarium Arborense houses a marble statue of god Silvanus, which dates back to the 2nd century AD, from Tharros. It is supposed to be a statue of Genius. Raimondo Zucca has proposed the attribution of this statue to Silvanus, a god with human face, but sometimes it was depicted with goat's paws, hooves and horns on his forehead...

Collection highlights: cup with handle

Tazza attingitoio 16/05/2020 This cup with handle belongs to the Pischedda Collection, the main collection of the Antiquarium Arborense. It dates back to the Final - Middle Neolithic or Late Neolithic period and it was found in the Sinis Peninsula...

Collection highlights: bronze helmet from Cornus

Elmo da Cornus 10/05/2020 The archaeological collection Felice Cherchi Paba includes fragments of two bronze helmets from the area between San Vero Milis and Riola Sardo, in the Sinis peninsula. The most important fragments refer to an Etruscan Italic helmet called Montefortino, corresponding to the type A of H. Robinson and the type D of F. Coarelli...

Collection highlights: the Nuragic quiver

Faretrina reperto della settimana 02/05/2020 The term ‘quivers’ is used to describe triangular plate pendants with two eyelets, a miniature reproduction of a leather dagger sheath with pins (from one to four) on one side and two types of dagger on the other side, typical of Nuragic weaponry...

Collection highlights: the Philistine sarcophagus

Sarcofago filisteo 24/04/2020 The story of our Philistine sarcophagus starts in the area of the northwestern necropolis of Neapolis (the current S. Maria de Nabui (Guspini – South Sardinia), when archaeologists found two matching fragments of a ceramic vase with anthropomorphic face...

Saver ticket for the best attractions of Oristano

Oristano-Biglietto-Unico 22/06/2018 Visiting Oristano for a day or more? Buy our saver ticket which gives you entry to the most important attractions of the city: Museum Antiquarium Arborense, Pinacoteca Comunale "Carlo Contini", Tower of Portixedda and Museo Diocesano...

"Carlo Alberto archaeologist in Sardinia. The false Sardinian-Phoenician idols"

IMG_8078 20/06/2018 From 6th April 2018 until 7th February 2019 the archaeological collection of the Antiquarium Arborense is enriched by the presence of the temporary exhibition "Carlo Alberto archaeologist in Sardinia. The false Sardinian-Phoenician idols"...

Services

Guided tour in the historical centre of Oristano

Guided tour in the historical centre of Oristano
It is a yourney in the world of history, culture and traditions of Oristano: churches, country churches and sanctuaries that date back to the age of the Giudicati and Spanish dominion, but also monuments and medieval wall's remains with two perfectly preserved towers

Tactile museum

Tactile museum
The tactile museum was inaugurated in 2009. In this section, blind and visually impaired people can touch the most beautiful manufactures of the museum and the reproductions of valuable artefacts of Oristano’s cultural heritage

Miniature models: Tharros in the 4th century and Oristano capital of the Giudicato d'Arborea


After the abandonment of Tharros (1070), the city of Oristano became the capital of the Giudicato of Arborea (11th century-1410). The people of Tharros, sick of continuous menaces and incursions of Saracen pirates, decided to move towards the interior, in a safer place: so they arrived in Oristano, inhabited since the Byzantine age

Multimedia devices of the Antiquarium Arborense


The Antiquarium Arborense offers a wide range of multimedia devices, 3D images and augmented reality applications

The medieval tower of Portixedda

The medieval tower fo Portixedda
The medieval tower of Portixedda is one of the few remains of the old city walls. The original square-plan tower was built in the 13th century, but the present circular tower dates back to the period of Spanish dominion...

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