Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari, Cagliari

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The Museo archeologico nazionale ("National Archaeological Museum") is a museum in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy).

The museum houses findings from the pre-Nuragic and Nuragic age to the Byzantine age. These include a large collection of prehistoric bronze statuettes from the Nuragic age, some earlier stone statuettes of female divinities, reconstruction of a Phoenician settlement, the Nora Stone, Carthaginian goldsmith examples, Roman and Italic ceramics and Byzantine jewels.
The museum houses a valuable collection of wax anatomical models made in Florence by the sculptor Clemente Susini from dissections by the anatomist Francesco Antonio Boi between 1801 and 1805. The collection is housed in a pentagonal room. Preparation of the models was funded by Charles Felix (1765-1831), the younger brother of King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia (1759-1824), and the collection was originally held in his Museum of Natural History and Antiquities - these were transferred to the University of Cagliari in 1858, then to the museum in 1991.
The museum itself was formerly an armory. After falling into disrepair, the building was rebuilt by Italian architect Libero Cecchini.
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  • The only bit worth seeing are the original giant men and bronzes of the Neolithic/Nuraghic age. Otherwise the rest is pretty missable. 
    The only bit worth seeing are the original giant men and bronzes of the Neolithic/Nuraghic age. Otherwise the rest is pretty missable.  more »
  • The collection of pre-Roman items is unique and spectular. I was really impressed, particular by the neolithic stone statuettes, the bronze statuettes from the the 7th and 8th centuries AD, and the... 
    The collection of pre-Roman items is unique and spectular. I was really impressed, particular by the neolithic stone statuettes, the bronze statuettes from the the 7th and 8th centuries AD, and the...  more »
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  • It's a fantastic complex, build on rocks and ruins visible from the inside of a building. The museum itself is quite big, 4 floors total. Many interesting objects, maps, drawings, statues. Very good collection!
  • Great museum about the history and archeological finds in Sardinia. Must visit when you want to understand the history of this island

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