Città di Vicenza

Natural Archaeological Museum (english)

Updated to: 28/02/2019

The Natural Archaeological Museum is divided in two main sections: Natural section and Archaeological section. The first section is dedicated to the land features of the Berici hills, whose environment presents different species of fauna and flora.
The Archaeological section exhibits significant proofs connected to Vicenza’s ancient history, from prehistory to the Lombardic era.

The archaeological section presents a rich collection of stone tools showing the human presence on Berici hills from the Middle Palaeolithic era; the collection also offers testimonies of human settlements from the Neolithic and Bronze Age in the Fimon Valley, with the famous squared-mouthed pots discovered in the Molino Casarotto settlement.

Other pieces date back to the Iron Age, among these, there are the famous copper decorated votive plates founded in a sanctuary anciently located next to Piazza San Giacomo, which testify human presence and activities in this place of worship from the 4th to the 1st century B.C.

Decorative and architectural remains of the Berga Roman Theatre and the cryptoporticus of Piazza Duomo date back to the Roman Age. A special area is dedicated to the Roman amphorae found in Vicenza, along with mosaic fragments founded in the city centre. A statuary collection founded in Rome and donated by Gerolamo Egidio di Velo at the beginning of the 19th century, is also on show in the Museum.

The exhibition also includes a rich series of pieces linked to the Lombardic presence in the Vicenza territory.

The museum is located within the premises of the two Dominican cloisters of Santa Corona church. On the northern side of the church there is a minor cloister from the 17th century. On the opposite side, the remains of an ancient library destroyed during the Second World War are still visible.

This library, probably designed by Rocco da Vicenza and built between 1496 and 1502, is located between the minor cloister and a second one, erected in the second half of the 15th century; this cloister offers Vicenza stone columns with Gothic capitals dating back to the 15th century.
Subsequently, Muttoni designed the western walls, that was repeatedly tampered with following interventions.
The cloister halls hosted the fathers of the Dominican convent and the Inquisition Office from the 16th to the 18th century.
In 1811, the complex housed the city council, an Austrian military hospital and, later, some schools (1867).
In 1823, following interventions brought to the building of the present façade with a threefold ionic entrance on a rustic base, designed by Angelo Casarotti da Schio.
In 1877, the building was chosen by the industrialist Alessandro Rossi to host the prestigious Istituto Tecnico Industriale (Technical-Industrial School), that, in 1911, changed its name in “Istituto Tecnico Industriale Alessandro Rossi”. The building hosted this school until 1962.
In September 1991, after some works of refurbishment, the Natural Archaeological Museum was opened.

Single tickets

Valid for seven days from the date of purchase

  • Full price: 3,50 euro
  • Reduced price: 2,50 euro
  • Schools: 2 euro
  • "First Sunday of the month":free  openings for residents in Vicenza and province (collect the ticket to Tourist information office or to Museo Naturalistico Archeologico; proof of residence required)

Special tickets Civic museums

Free entry

  • Kids up to the age of 17 included (no school groups)
  • Directors, conservators and museum officials, upon presentation of a valid ID document
  • ICOM members (International Council of Museums)
  • Tour guides
  • Italian and foreign journalists, upon presentation of a valid document attesting their membership to the association
  • Military and law enforcement officials duly recognized
  • Teachers only if accompanying school groups)
    People with disabilities and their accompanying persons


Privates, concessions for events and shows

Prices and forms available at: http://www.museicivicivicenza.it/it/other/condizioni.php

Where and when

Venue

Natural Archaeological Museum

Address: Contra' Santa Corona 4

Phone: 0444320854

Email: iat@comune.vicenza.it

Opening hours:

  • Winter timetable: from 1 September to 30 June, from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm (last entry 4.30 pm)
  • Summer timetable: from 1 July to 31 August: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm (last entry 1.30 pm)

Closing days: every Monday, Christmas and 1 January

Special openings for public holidays 2019: 6 January, 21, 22 and 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 8 September, 1 November, 8 and 26 December

Website: Civici Museums

Ticket Office

Natural Archaeological Museum

Address: Contra' Santa Corona 4

Phone: 0444320854

Email: iat@comune.vicenza.it

Opening hours:

  • Winter timetable: from 1 September to 30 June, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 1 pm to 4.45 pm
  • Summer timetable: from 1 July to 31 August, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 1.45 pm

Closing days: every Monday and Christmas

Special openings for public holidays 2019: 6 January, 21, 22 and 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 8 September, 1 November, 8 and 26 December

Website: Civic Museums Vicenza

Ticket Office

Iat, Tourist reception information

Address: Piazza Matteotti 12

Phone: 0444320854

Email: iat@comune.vicenza.it

Opening hours:

  • from September to June: every day from 9 am to 5.30 pm
  • July and August: every day from 9 am to 6 pm

Closing: 25th of December

Bookings for groups and schools (Olympic Theater and Palazzo Chiericati City Museum):

  • Call center 0444964380 (Operating from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, and from 2 pm to 6 pm, on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm (closing days: 25th of December and the 1st of January)
  • Email: booking@comune.vicenza.it

Booking price:

  • groups (min 10 max 25 people): 10 euro
  • schools: 5 euro a class

Website: www.vicenzae.org