Civico Museo Archeologico di Bergamo
Bergamo


Address:
Piazza Cittadella, 9 - 24129 Bergamo
Tel. 035.242839 / Fax 035.3831889
archeoMuseo@comune.bg.it / www.Museoarcheologicobergamo.it

Bookshop:
Museum Publications:
Archaeology Magazine of Bergamo, monographs, relevant publications.

Library:
it can be consulted by prior appointment

Opening times:
- From October to April:
9.00-12.00 / 14.30-17.30
- From April to September:
From Tuesday to Friday:
9.00-12.30 / 14.30-18.00
Saturday and Sunday:
9.00-19.00
Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and 1st January

Admission:
Free of charge.

Tours:
Guided tours of no more than 25 people can be arranged. They must be booked in advance and must take place during the Museum opening hours.

Gratuito

Visite guidate 
Su prenotazione Telefono: 035 242839
Informazioni visite 
Le visite guidate alle sale del museo possono essere effettuate con gruppi che non superino le 25 unità e compatibilmente con gli orari del museo.
Bookshop 
Pubblicazioni edite dal Museo: Rivista Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi, monografie, pubblicazioni didattiche.
Direzione e biblioteca 
Apertura della biblioteca su appuntamento telefono: 035 242839



Historical info

These archaeological collections date back to 1561. At that time, classical culture and antiquity in general were admired in all Renaissance courts and were wide-spread all over Italy and Europe.
In the same year, (also marked by the start of the building of the Venetian Walls) the city's Major Council appointed some local archaeologists to collect everything related to Bergamo's "antiquity and cultural memories" and to put it, at state charges, in the loggia under Palazzo della Ragione. This was the first location of the Museum. The latter throughout the centuries, in particular during the 18th and 19th centuries, has enriched its collection with new archaeological finds. Over the years the Museum has been re-arranged and has moved to different places, including the Palace near the Fontanone (housing the University of Science, Letters and Arts at a later stage), the Civic Library entry hall and the Fortress.
The various relocations and all the relevant research were completed by renowned archaeologists, such as G.B.Rota, G. Finazzi, P. Vimercati Sozzi, G. Mantovani and M. Mirabella Roberti.
The Museum is waiting to be moved to a bigger building, which should be able to accommodate its vast archaeological heritage. At the moment the Museum consists of four exhibition rooms and an entry hall, which normally features temporary exhibitions.

The Museum welcomes about 50,000 visitors a year. It offers an educational service, organises annual exhibitions, conference cycles and popular activities for adults. It also carries out research and excavations and publishes the Archaeology Magazine of Bergamo.

Exhibition criteria

The archaeological finds are displayed in chronological and geographical order; their various manufacturing techniques are presented in the rooms also.

The itinerary begins with the Prehistoric and the Protostoric sessions, with samples from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Copper, Bronze and Iron Age. The oldest finds are some amygdale in chipped stone from Venosa (Puglia region).

Apart from the above-mentioned finds, the rest of the material comes from Bergamo province. The illustrations and captions on the interpretation boards determine the provenance of the finds, especially of those from the Paleolithic and Mesolithic period that are not included in the exhibition.

The exhibition comprises arrow tips, axes (whose evolution from the Neolithic to the Copper Age is observable); many fibules, rings, pendants, bracelets and "armillas"; ceramic and bronze artefacts (the most interesting of which come from the storeroom in Parre and from the rich necropolis of Brembate Sotto, Ponte San Pietro, Verdello and Zanica); several other objects found in Gallic necropolis of the second half of the Iron Age (late La Tène).

The two following rooms provide a big amount of information about the Bergomum Romana and its territory.
The material ranges from the "Lapidary", which is made of stele and altars, with honorary, funerary and holy epigraphs, to copies of the Municipium Bergomense which have been found in the city: memorial tablets related to public works, sacred places and necropolis as well as the frescoes from the domus in Via Arena (I-II a.C.) are on display. In this reproduction of Domus Romana some kitchenware were found.
This room also showcases cylindrical and quadrangular altars, marble fragments (which demonstrate the past existence of an arena in Bergamo) and floor mosaics. Furthermore, this room includes some Roman copies of Hellenistic exemplars whose origin is unknown.

The last room, situated in the mezzanine, documents some aspects of the Lombard period through inscriptions, several gold leaf crosses and weapon decorations consisting of little iron plates with silver, gold and brass filaments.


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