We've not been very lucky with the archeology museums of Puglia. Ostuni's museum was under heavy and chaotic reconstruction. Taranto' museum was closed without any previous announcement and has been so, according to our host, for many years and will remain closed for at least another number of years. So, it was with some reluctance that we paid a visit to Lecce's provincial museum, that hosts the local archeological collection.
But what a pleasant surprise! The old fashioned 19th century building contained a sort of mini Guggenheim museum with sloping ramps instead of stairs offering views of the floors connected. On the floors a wellconserved collection of antiquities can be observed, neatly described, nicely grouped.
Some archeological museum have depressing outlook, all these treasures collecting dust.
This one was alive and kicking and proud to show itself. There were some minuspoints: the text on the labels was mostly Italian only and at some point in the past the museum apparently had received some subsidy for computer animations that were now completely outof order. A challenge for the next future?
Benzee, Utrecht, the Netherlands
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