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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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This is the Best museum in Cortona!!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2014
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Panorama City, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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!!!

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Cortona, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Rowan R
England
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank Helga H
Redlands, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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.

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Thank Michael S
Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

It was amazing to see everything that the museum had showing the history of Cortona and that area. We thought it was exceptional and think everybody would enjoy this museum; especially adults.

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Perugia, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Paying a 12 euro entrance fee, equivalent to the bloody Vatican, I expect a more attentive staff and a clear itinerary, either of which I got. The special exhibit was poorly designed, an excess of text and, again, lack of clear itinerary. The attached museum is even worse in terms of the itinerary, as it has you crossing back and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

This was a fantastic insight into the history of the region and beautifully displayed and written up.

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