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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
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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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Lots of content, not enough clear explanations

It's a real pity the so much interesting artefacts from the etruscan period are displayed so poorly. Obviously a lot of money was spend in setting up the displays but if you do... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 July 2016
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Schilde, Belgium
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Schilde, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

It's a real pity the so much interesting artefacts from the etruscan period are displayed so poorly. Obviously a lot of money was spend in setting up the displays but if you do not have good knowledge of the etruscan period, you will feel a bit lost. The fact that it is combined with the historical museum of Cortona was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

I have to admit, we didn't go through the entire museum. The exhibits are arrayed and displayed in a manner that is more fitting for an archaeology class than the explanation and/or description of a long vanished civilization. However, I came away with a reasonable idea of what the Etruscan civilization was. I didn't learn where they came from or... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

We didn't like the current exhibit which was a contemporary artistic view of Tuscan relics. However, the museum is great. Note it is huge and goes from Etruscan through Renaissance. And easy to get lost in. There is no audio guide - most items are described in English - but there is an app you can download BEFORE you get... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

I was disappointed by this museum. A lot of work went into the design of its displays, but the content was minimal. I found the Etruscan Museo in Orvieto, located across the street from the Catedrale, to have so much more to see and enjoy.

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Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Lots of interesting artifacts to see but there is no story behind them or the collection, just a lot of facts. It is also somewhat difficult to navigate through the building. I would still recommend visiting just go forewarned since there is definitely room for improvement.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Not a huge museum but many interesting and amazing artifacts. Confusing at times. We came to see the Etruscan artifacts. iif only a portion of an artifact was presented, it would be shown in context with a mock up of the original or integrated into a mock up. English signs were present on most all displays.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Museum with very interesting Etruscan exhibits but with absolutely poor descriptions. Multimedia was broken or nobody bothered to switch it on. No or too little context of Etruscan culture. Too expensive for just an old style museum, kids over 12 pay full price. Unfriendly service.

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Perugia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Open during the summer months even on Mondays we took advantage of a calm morning to explore all 5 floors of this well coordinated museum. Practically the only other visitors were a group of 15 schoolchildren accompanied by 2 teachers and a very competent guide. We occasionally stuck around to overhear his explanations and were impressed not only with his... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Offering no discounts for which we personally qualified I was a little hesitant to make the investment, until asking around for a couple of days and being reassured. The place (building) is very large, so that in itself was compelling, and of course there is much mystery about the Etruscans themselves who were both absorbed and conquered by Rome, despite... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

The Etruscan Museum is a wonderful and constantly growing and changing museum. As they uncover more things nearby, they keep adding to the Museum and their knowledge of the Etruscans. Since my knowledge of Italian isn't so good, it is a little hard to figure out some of the things, and it appears disjointed, but I know there is a... More 

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