Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche

Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche information

Ancona , Italy
Address
Street Via Ferretti 6
Prices
adult/reduced €4/2
Opening hours
8.30am-7.30pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Housed in the beautiful 16th-century Palazzo Ferretti , where the ceilings are covered with original frescoes and bas-reliefs, this museum presents a fascinating romp through time, from the Palaeolithic period to the Middle Ages. Although not as well curated as it could be (English information is sorely lacking), persevere, as this museum holds real treasures.

Among them are Neolithic flint daggers, richly embellished Attic vases, Etruscan votive bronzes, Celtic gold (the torques are stunning) and a pristine copy of the famous bronzes of Pergola (50–30 BC). Keep an eye out, too, for the Venus of Frasassi, a statuette of a buxom dame, 8.7cm tall, carved from stalactite 28,000 years ago.