The Archaeological Museum
The recently restored Palazzo Finaguerra, which is placed in "the heart" of Matelica, is the new residence of the Civic and Archaeological Museum.
When the restorations, which have given back the original splendours to the rooms of the palace, ended, technicians and experts of the local Monuments and Fine Arts Office organized the exhibition area, providing it with specific furniture for the museum such as showcases and boards.
All the archaeological materials, which were once placed in the Piersanti Museum and in the stores of the Monuments and Fine Arts Office at Ancona, were completely moved to the new complex.
Palazzo Finaguerra is a museum in another museum, as all the decorations that you can admire on the walls, the ceilings and the doors of the building are a delightful frames for the artistic materials placed in the palace.
Examples of excellent art are the paintings and the frescoes that you can appreciate in the wide stateroom and in the "gallery".
On the ground floor you can find a bookshop, a workshop, where restores work to preserve the artistic materials housed in the museum, and some lapidary inscriptions. The exhibition consists of three departments: Pre-Roman history, Roman period and Middle Ages section.
Tourists and experts should not miss the opportunity of seeing the famous "Globo di Matelica", a kind of ancient solar clock found in the historic centre near the Government Palace during the 80's of last century. The exhibition contains other interesting witnesses such as the tombs belonging to warrior princes discovered at Brecce and Crocifisso, or the furniture of the oldest Picene tombs found around Matelica.
The opening celebration took place on June the 5th 2004 in the presence of the most important city and local authorities.
A short description of the Museum and its collections
On the ground floor you find a box office, a bookshop and an educational room. The exhibition is placed on the first and second floor. Here you can see pieces of art and archeological finds, arranged in chronological order.
The first floor holds the Prehistory Department where finds, going back to Paleolithic, Neolithic, and the Bronze Age, are collected.
Continuing your visit, you enter the Iron Age and the Necropolis Departments where you will appreciate pieces belonging to warriors' tombs and dating from the 8th century to the 4th century B.C.
Amongst the noteworthy oriental style tombs (8th century - 6th century B.C.), the most valuable are:
- Tomb n. 20, found at Cavalieri, and a cinerary vase that was inside it.
Tomb n. 93 and a little cylindrical box unearthed at Crocifisso.
- Tomb n. 172 with its precious vases, metal pieces belonging to a chariot and a bronze helmet, also discovered at Crocifisso.
- Tomb n. 53 and a helmet retrieved at Brecce.
- Tomb n. 1, discovered at Villa Clara and belonging to a warrior prince, as well as the helmet and the situla found inside the same sepulchre.
On the second floor you can admire roman antiquities such as coins, inscriptions and pieces coming from sepulchres dating back to the early centuries of the Roman Empire.
Tourists and experts should not miss the opportunity of seeing the famous "Globo di Matelica", a kind of ancient solar clock found in the historic centre near the Government Palace during the 80�s of last century.
The exhibition continues with Middle Ages and Renaissance witnesses such as pieces of pottery and majolica.