The Milan Archaeology Museum comprises Etruscan, Greek, and Roman collections, the famous of which is the “Patera di Parabiago”. The Archaeological Museum also exhibits artifacts of the Gandhara culture and of the middle ages. The collections are displayed and categorized according to their era and the site where they were found.

According to the original website of Corso Magenta, the first area of the museum is dedicated to the foundation of Mediolanum (the first name of Milan), which was founded during the 4th century BC and subsequently conquered by the Romans during the 2nd century BC. The inner cloister, where remnants of the ancient Romans can be seen as well as a couple of medieval towers, can be visited. It connects the initial part of the museum with the new areas at Nirone.

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The collection covers a wide range of periods, regions and types. From Etruscan figurines to diamonds of historical Milan (then called Mediolanum), and from Greek vases into gold rings from the Middle Ages.

The screening route proceeds in the back cloister. At the end of the second cloister, a path contributes to this polygonal tower (late third century) with ancient medieval frescoes (thirteenth century). As previously mentioned, the path leads to the new museum at Via Nirone where medieval art is exhibited.

The Etruscan section is on the second floor of the Milan Archaeology Museum; the items are an essential heritage, valuable in the reconstruction of several aspects of Etruscan civilization.

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The building’s three levels are split as follows: Early Middle Ages, Etruscan, and Greek. As you tour the museum, you can’t help but feel lost in the lives of those three eras and notice the similarities and differences. The Early Middle Ages segments include replicas of 4 diseases that affected locals throughout that age: tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and syphilis. The Greek level features replicas created out of exhumed skeletons: a pregnant girl; a 40 – 45 year-old man who lived solely on a wine diet and had cranial trauma and knee arthritis; a 25 -35 year-old man who died of a spinal fracture; and a section dedicated entirely to each of the different Greek vase/urns and their purposes. The Etruscans cherished the act of sharing a meal and sitting around a table, as noticed by the fine tableware and plateware of their times.

Address: Corso Magenta, 15, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Hours: Closed today
Phone: +39 02 8846 5720
Website: Milan Archaeology Museum


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