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MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca

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Address: Piazza Luca Signorelli 9 | Palazzo Casali, 52044, Cortona, Italy
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+39 0575 637235
10:00 - 19:00
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The MAEC houses an extraordinary collection bringing together all the...

The MAEC houses an extraordinary collection bringing together all the material discovered in and around Cortona since the 1700s.The museum collection can be visited in two sections: one dedicated to the Etruscan Academy, and the other centered on the most recent findings from the Cortona necropolis. The collection of the Accademai Etrusca boasts exceptional pieces from various historical periods, like the celebrated Etruscan Chandelier, ancient Egyptian burial goods and works by futurist master Gino Severini. The section dedicated to the City of Cortona offers a journey that begins in the paleoenvironment of the Chiana Valley and arrives in the Cortona of Roman times, passing through the ancient period (580-480 B.C.E.) with the princely Etruscan tombs of the Sodo and Camucia and significant findings such as the Tabula Cortonensis, the third longest Etruscan text in the world.The layout of the museum was specifically designed to communicate with visitors in an innovative way, using both reconstructions and multimedia equipment. All texts are fully rendered in both English and Braill.

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Interesting and larger than expected

Interesting and worth a visit while in Cortona. We stopped in during our wanderings around town and we were not disappointed.

Reviewed 17 October 2014
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Reviewed 17 October 2014

Interesting and worth a visit while in Cortona. We stopped in during our wanderings around town and we were not disappointed.

Thank Book8441
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

The first galleries are down the stairs and have a brief focus on prehistory, stone points, and then move into Etruscan history with great displays of the findings from tombs where the cremated, and sometimes not, remains were put into urns with a lid along with many artifacts of the lives of those who were so buried. There is a... More 

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Reviewed 28 September 2014

A great museum. Good displays about Tuscany and it's interesting history. Well worth a visit. The staff in the museum were really helpful and friendly.

Thank traceykl
Panorama City, California, United States
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

You will truly enjoy this museum--there is sooooo much to see,..around every corner is a surprise! It will take awhile to go through all the levels,..be sure not to miss any of this incredible treasure of a museum!!!

Thank Kim G
Cortona, Italy
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Reviewed 16 September 2014

This is a really interesting Museum with a fine Etruscan collection ( in fact marvellous) but as well it has some interesting Art from quite different eras and other points of interest. The Severini Sala contains some excellent examples of his work (he was a local artist from the early 20th century) and there are some interesting Luca Signorelli paintings... More 

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Reviewed 11 September 2014

Beautiful museum with friendly & very helpful staff. There is an exhibition of Etruscan artefacts on loan from British Museum & Holkham Hall until end of September which was fascinating & well worth a visit

Thank EnglandFoodie1
Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 7 September 2014 via mobile

The MAEC has very good exhibits about the detailed history of the Cortona area. The fixed entry price of 12 Euros is outrageous. No senior discounts here!

Thank Helga H
Redlands, California
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Reviewed 7 September 2014

Delightful museum. We spent hours wandering, learning and being engaged by the first rate, well described displays. With Cortona's prominent Etruscan walls, it is essential to learn about its Etruscan history.

Thank SpudIdaho
Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Pleasant surprise for all our tickets to be discounted as a young person in the family. Fascinating Etruscan exhibits, later additions (donations from local families) not as interesting, but well worth a visit. Cortona itself is very pleasant, and a lovely mountain drive round corniches to it. Parking plentiful and free.

Thank CatherineBath
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

I spent the morning with my family exploring this wonderful museum. It gives a good history of the area starting with Etruscan artifacts up to the modern age. We thought it was a very modern museum with many interesting things to see. I especially liked the detailed history of the city wall.

Thank Michael S

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