Amelia

Archeology museum - Amelia

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Bureau d’accueil touristique
Piazza Augusto Vera - 05022 Amelia
info@iat.amelia.tr.it
The collection is housed in the ex College Boccarini, originally a Franciscan convent from the 13th-14th centuries, with double loggia built in the sixteenth century.

Organized in terms of subject matter over the three floors of the complex, the exhibition is the result of an integral reorganization of the archaeological, historical and artistic records of the territory. The archaeological section, consisting of manufactured goods mainly from excavations in the area, provides a complete chronological view of Amelia's history, from pre-Roman period to the full Romanization of the center and up to the early medieval period. The bronze statue of the Roman general Nero Claudius Drusus, called "Germanicus", is remarkable; he is depicted armed and wearing richly decorated armor, and stands over 2.15 meters tall. Several epigraphs contribute to the reconstruction of the prosperous Romanization of the central area, testimony of illustrious Amerine families including the Gens Roscia. The picture gallery, located on the second floor, contains works from local churches and palaces. In addition to the panel showing Sant'Antonio Abbate, a masterpiece of Pier Matteo d'Amelia, the collection includes a number of other works dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which was a very prosperous period for the town. This prosperity is evidenced by rich town mansions, including Palazzo Petrignani, owned by the Municipality and visitable on request, whose decorations are traditionally attributed to the school of the Mastro Zuccari.

The Archaeology Museum also hosts a section wholly devoted to education and entertainment: it is the Archeospazio, a real permanent educational centre focused on history and archaeology, presenting different aspects of the daily life of ancient Romans and obviously with a particular attention to the town of Amelia’s history.

The exhbits allow visitors to understand and experience first hand the cyclopean walls, the clothes of the period, ancient hobbies and games, the sky and the pagan divinities, as well as coins, measurement units for weight and measures and the numerical system of the Roman world.

The space is for all visitors of the Museum, particularly kids and teenagers, families, schools and teachers. 

Visitors can enjoy a break in order to play, experiment and get to know the history at every level of learning.

Furthermore, with the support of a docent, it’s possible to participate in laboratories and group games, as well as experiment, do practical exercises, analyse the Amelia’s particular historical monuments and the Museum’s finds, explore the artistic/craft techniques and much more.