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Welcome to the Museum of Archaeology

1820-2020 In 1818 Pietro Vittorio Aldini participated in the competition for the first chair of Archaeology at the University of Pavia, won the appointment the following year and in 1820 founded the Museum of Archaeology.

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The Museum of Archaeology

The Museum exhibits different classes of materials, representative of various civilizations and periods, from prehistory to the seventeenth century, in accordance with the didactic-scientific principle established from the beginning by its founder.

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The architectural container

The Museum is housed in the Sala della Crociera of the 15th century San Matteo Hospital and preserves 4 sections of the original wooden ceiling and a baroque dome dating back to 1770, built to give more light and air to the patients.

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Aphrodite Sosandra

The Museum preserves a Roman copy of the 2nd century A.D. of the highest quality of the head of the Aphrodite Sosandra. The bronze original by the sculptor Calamides ( about 460 B.C.) was in the Propylaea of the Acropolis in Athens.

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1820-2020, the Museum turns 200 years old

Happy Birthday Museum! Best wishes! Ad meliora et maiora semper!

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Helpful information

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Events calendar

In this section you will find all our initiatives and special openings

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Tickets and hours

Tickets and reductions

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Where we are

Opening days and hours and the map to reach us

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Educational services

Our educational tours for schools and groups of visitors


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Special opening of the Museum of Archaeology of the Pavia University Museum System: Saturday, January 21, 2023, starting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The mystery of the three statues, meeting is at the Archeology Museum at 4 p.m.
The Museum of Archaeology preserves three headless Roman statues, two female figures and a male torso. They are some […]

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CIVIL SERVICE CALL for 2023: “Science on Display. Strategies to Enhance the Scientific Heritage of the University Museums.”

The call for proposals has been published for the selection of 71,550 volunteer operators to be employed in projects which are related to the Universal Civil Service Intervention Programs to be carried out […]

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Art Meetings – Creativity of Yesterday and Today – ARTIST’S BOOKS Vernissage Saturday, April 15, 2023, 4 p.m.

Art Encounters – Creativity of Yesterday and Today.
Contemporary artists exhibit at the Museum of Archaeology of the University of Pavia
Museum System: ARTIST’S BOOKS.
Vernissage Saturday, April 15, 2023, 4 p.m. – finishes on Saturday, […]

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The “Egypt Unveiled” exhibition, December 10, 2022 – February 26, 2023: the show of restoration!

The Museum of Archaeology of the University of Pavia is participating in the Egypt Unveiled Exhibition at the Gothic Palace in Piacenza with the 2 important Egyptian artifacts donated by Eduard Rüppell in […]

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Presentation of the book Angels. Ceiling tablets from the ancient San Matteo Hospital in Pavia, December 16, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, December 16, 2022, 5:30 pm, the book Angels. Ceiling tablets from the ancient San Matteo Hospital in Pavia. Sagep publishers
Four restored tablets will also be presented on the occasion.
The Museum of […]

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Calls for part-time student collaborations for the academic year 2022/2023 published.

Francesca Stucchi is working as a part-time employee at the Museum .
She is a student of Modern Literature and has been working with us passionately since January 2022.
Next year there will be a […]

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PCTO activities: ‘Copy from life’ project, Round II

PCTO activities have resumed at the Museum with the “Copy from life” project, Round II, in which students Anna Ferrari and Maria Vittoria Tribulato from the Liceo Classico Ugo Foscolo in Pavia are […]

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Museum restoration work on stone materials

Restoration work has resumed in the Museum: Mario Colella and Silvia Marchioron of the Study and Conservation Centre in Pavia Piccolo Chiostro (in the photos) are working on the extraordinary Roman Corinthian capitals […]

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Collections to be unveiled, Italy and its unique collections of Egyptian antiquities, 26/27 October 2022, Civic Museum of Crema and province of Cremona.

On 26/27 October 2022, the Museum will take part in the International Conference ‘Collections to be unveiled, Italy and its unique collections of Egyptian antiquities’, with a report by the Museum Curator Anna […]

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15 October 2022: Treasure hunt among the museums of the Pavia University Museum System

The Museum System of the University of Pavia is taking part in the 2022 edition of the IT.A.CÀ Festival with the “Treasure hunt among the museums of the University of Pavia, travelling through […]