Museo Archeologico di Aidone reviews
Aidone is a nice small town. Musuem is worth a visit. Nice size for a good overview of Greek culture in the area. Archeological site has limited hours so we missed it. more »
This is a small gem in the centre of a small town Aidone on the top of a hill. The building itself is an old monastery with its church, but the museum if of top quality. more »
The splendid Morgantina gold and silver hoard is away in New York. The sign says it will be returned in January 2019,but it is already July...
A visit of the archeological Museum of Aidone is a must for all those that take a tour to Morgantina, as it provides much needed context and important information im regards to the life and socio-cultural context of the ancient city of Morgsntins at the archeological park. The museum is housed in the former monastery of the Cappucini which was build between 1611 and 1613 AD and was dedicated to Saint Francis. The entrance is located in the former church that is now also used as a meeting room. The museum hosts numerous artifacts from the Greko-Roman city of Morgantina that was founded around 1000 BC and from the Citatell that is the ancient site of a prehistoric town of the bronze age that dates back to around 2100 to 1800 BC. The most famous artefact exhibited is the Dea di Morgantina. A female statue that probably depicts the goddess Demeter and was sculptured between 425 and 400 BC. The statue was discovered by tombraiders and secretely removed and later sold to the Getty Museum and exhibited in the Getty Villa at Malibu in southern California. It was not until 2011 that this important and wonderful artefact was returned to Aidone, where it is now exhibited close to the place where it was originally located. The museum is usually open every day. However, on certain holidays it might be closed and it should be checked beforehand if it is indeed open. There is a combination ticket that costs €14.00 and includes a visit to the Museum in Aidone, the archeological park of Morgantina and the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. This is the package that I would recommend as it gives access to three very important and locally close venues that one does not want to miss. Discounts are given to those between 18 and 25 years of age and teachers. For those younger than 18, the entrance is free. One should plan at the very least one hour to examine the exhibitions and appreciate the significance of the displayed artefacts that reach back to the early bronze age.
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