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Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas", Palermo

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The Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas is a museum in Palermo, Italy. It possesses one of the richest collections of Punic and Ancient Greek art in Italy, as well as many items related to the history of Sicily. Formerly the property of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, the museum is dedicated to Antonio Salinas, a famous archaeologist and numismatist from Palermo. It is part of the Olivella monumental complex, which includes the Church of St. Ignatius and the adjoining Oratory.
The construction of the Olivella complex was begun in the late sixteenth century by the architect Antonio Muttone for the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri and completed in the seventeenth century. Following the law on the suppression of religious orders of 1866 the building was confiscated and became home to the museum.
During the Second World War the director of the museum, Jole Bovio Marconi, moved all the material held in the museum to the monastery of San Martino delle Scale. This saved the collection from destruction by the bombing during the Allied invasion of Sicily. In 1949 Bovio Marconi was made responsible for the redevelopment of the museum, as the building was heavily damaged the building was renovated by architect William De Angelis D'Ossat. From 18 July 2011 the museum has been closed for renovation. As of September 2015, only a small part of the museum is accessible free of charge. It is uncertain when the full exhibition will be reopened.
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  • Wow - what happened?? They have been renovating the 2nd and 3rd floors for over 8 years and still no idea when they will reopen! There is SO MUCH fantastic stuff hidden from view because we have NO... 
    Wow - what happened?? They have been renovating the 2nd and 3rd floors for over 8 years and still no idea when they will reopen! There is SO MUCH fantastic stuff hidden from view because we have NO...  more »
  • On our first day in Palermo, we went straight to this museum in order to gain some historical knowledge and context of this old city. In this beautiful building (with a fountain and garden in its... 
    On our first day in Palermo, we went straight to this museum in order to gain some historical knowledge and context of this old city. In this beautiful building (with a fountain and garden in its...  more »
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  • Quite a relaxed and easy going museum with a lot of things. Very clean and well organised, but a little bit monotonous. The garden (inside) offers some space to relax and unwind. The turtles 🐢are very cute!
  • Exceeded our expectations! Tons of ancient Elymian artifacts, plus later Greek & Phoenician artifacts from Palermo's early years, and a pretty gardened courtyard to take a break in between exhibits. A significantly larger collection than we expected, too.

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