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Museo Archeologico, {CATEGORY}

Like other collections, the Archaeological Museum has its origins in the collections of the Grand Dukes, both Medici and Forensi, whose works of art were initially, kept in the Uffizi. The museum is divided into three sections: the topographical museum of Etruria, the Etrusco-Helletian-Roman Antiquarium and the Egyptian collection. The collection, which has Etruscan civilization at its heart, was begun by Cosimo the Old (15th Century), but was enlarged particularly by Cosimo I and in the 18th Century by Cardinal Leopold. The Egyptian section was created by Lorena and is mostly made up of archaeological finds which were recovered during a Franco-Tuscan expedition at the beginning of the 19th Century. The Austrians increased the size of the Etruscan collection and it was studied in its entirety by their experts. The museum also contains glass, gems, Greek ceramics and a numismatic collection. In the garden, Etruscan tombs and funeral monuments are reconstructed.

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Address: Via della Colonna 38, Florence 50121

City: Florence

Country: Italy

Phone 1: +39 55 2 3575

Official site: www.firenzemusei.itarcheologico

Opening hours: Mon 2-7pm. Tues and Thurs 8:30am-7pm. Wed and Fri-Sun 8:30am-2pm

Exceptionally closed: Closed the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month

Entrance fee: Admission 4€ ($5.20)

Access by bus: Bus 6, 31, 32

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Museo Archeologico, {CATEGORY}

This embarrassingly rich collection is often overlooked by visitors in full-throttle Renaissance mode. It conserves Egyptian artifacts, Roman remains, many Attic vases, and an important Etruscan collection. Parts of it have been undergoing restoration and rearrangement for years and are closed indefinitely, including the garden. The relics to be on the lookout for start in the first ground-floor room with an early-4th-century-B.C. bronze Chimera, a mythical beast with a lion's body and head, a goat head sprouting from its back, and a serpent for a tail (the tail was incorrectly restored in 1785). The beast was found near Arezzo in 1553 and probably made in a Chiusi or an Orvieto workshop as a votive offering. The legend that claims Benvenuto Cellini recast the left paws is hogwash, the feet did have to be reattached, but they were the originals. Ground-floor room III contains a silver amphora studded with concave medallions, a work from Antioch (ca. A.D. 380). In room III on the upper floor is an extraordinarily rare Hittite wood-and-bone chariot from the 14th century B.C. Room XIV upstairs has a cast bronze Arringatore, or orator, found near Perugia. It was made in the 1st century B.C. and helps illustrate how Roman society was having a great influence on the Etruscan world - not only in the workmanship of the statue but also in the fact that the Etruscan orator Aule Meteli is wearing a Roman toga. Room XIII contains the museum's most famous piece, the Idolino. The history of this nude bronze lad with his outstretched hand is long, complicated, and in the end a bit mysterious. The current theory is that he's a Roman statue of the Augustan period (around the time of Christ), with the head perhaps modeled on a lost piece by the Greek master Polycleitus. The rub: Idolino was originally probably part of a lamp stand used at Roman banquets. The male torso displayed here was fished out of the sea near Livorno. It was made in Greece around 480 to 470 B.C. - the earliest known Greek bronze cast using the lost wax method. The horse's head also in this room once belonged to the Medici, as did much of this museum's collections, and tradition holds that it was a source of inspiration for Verrocchio and Donatello as they cast their own equestrian monuments. It was probably once part of a Hellenistic sculpture from the 2nd or 1st century B.C.

Museo Archeologico, {CATEGORY}

Like other collections, the Archaeological Museum has its origins in the collections of the Grand Dukes, both Medici and Forensi, whose works of art were initially, kept in the Uffizi. The museum is divided into three sections: the topographical museum of Etruria, the Etrusco-Helletian-Roman Antiquarium and the Egyptian collection. The collection, which has Etruscan civilization at its heart, was begun by Cosimo the Old (15th Century), but was enlarged particularly by Cosimo I and in the 18th Century by Cardinal Leopold. The Egyptian section was created by Lorena and is mostly made up of archaeological finds which were recovered during a Franco-Tuscan expedition at the beginning of the 19th Century. The Austrians increased the size of the Etruscan collection and it was studied in its entirety by their experts. The museum also contains glass, gems, Greek ceramics and a numismatic collection. In the garden, Etruscan tombs and funeral monuments are reconstructed.

Museo Archeologico, {CATEGORY}

Like other collections, the Archaeological Museum has its origins in the collections of the Grand Dukes, both Medici and Forensi, whose works of art were initially, kept in the Uffizi. The museum is divided into three sections: the topographical museum of Etruria, the Etrusco-Helletian-Roman Antiquarium and the Egyptian collection. The collection, which has Etruscan civilization at its heart, was begun by Cosimo the Old (15th Century), but was enlarged particularly by Cosimo I and in the 18th Century by Cardinal Leopold. The Egyptian section was created by Lorena and is mostly made up of archaeological finds which were recovered during a Franco-Tuscan expedition at the beginning of the 19th Century. The Austrians increased the size of the Etruscan collection and it was studied in its entirety by their experts. The museum also contains glass, gems, Greek ceramics and a numismatic collection. In the garden, Etruscan tombs and funeral monuments are reconstructed.

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