Museo Antiquarium Arborense

Museo Antiquarium Arborense information

Location
Oristano , Italy
Address
Piazza Corrias
Telephone
+390 783 79 12 62
More information
www.antiquariumarborense.it
Prices
adult/reduced €5/2.50
Opening hours
9am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm & 3-8pm Sat & Sun
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Oristano’s principal museum boasts one of the island’s major archaeological collections, with prehistoric artefacts from the Sinis Peninsula and finds from Carthaginian and Roman Tharros. There's also a small collection of retabli (painted altarpieces), including the 16th-century Retablo del Santo Cristo, by the workshop of Pietro Cavaro, which depicts a group of apparently beatific saints. But look closer and you’ll see they all sport the instruments of their tortures slicing through their heads, necks and hearts.

The permanent collection, which includes a scale model of 4th-century Tharros, is displayed on the upper floor. Here you'll find prehistoric obsidian and flint spearheads, axes, bones and a smattering of jewellery from the Sinis Peninsula. More interesting, though, is the stash of finds from Carthaginian and Roman Tharros, which includes ceramics, glassware, oil lamps, amphorae, and a range of pots, plates and cups.