NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM AND CASTLE OF GIOIA DEL COLLE

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM AND CASTLE OF GIOIA DEL COLLE

Housed in the Norman-Swabian Castle of Gioia del Colle, the halls of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale exhibit relics from the excavations of the old settlement on Monte Sannace. Fully renovated, the Museum features new exhibits, informative displays and visual set-ups.

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale, its laboratories, offices, services and exhibition halls, is part of Gioia del Colle’s Norman-Swabian Castle. It was opened in 1977 to collect all the relics found in the excavation of the ancient settlement on Monte Sannace. The Museum was built to house the important archaeological discoveries of the 1929 excavations on Monte Sannace, and later on the large number of artefacts unearthed during the excavations conducted between 1957 and 1961. Over time, the findings from subsequent excavations of local archaeological sites were added to the Museum collection. Excavations continue to this day and have been extended to wider areas.

The following rooms are open to the public: on the ground floor, the courtyard, the oven room and dungeon below, and two halls containing the archaeological exhibition; on the first floor, the throne hall, the women’s quarters, de’ Rossi tower, the Empress’ tower and three rooms with archaeological displays.
The archaeological exhibition is dedicated to artefacts belonging to the ancient Peucetian population (7th-2nd centuries BC). The collection consists essentially of vessels recovered from grave excavations and daily use vases discovered in the ancient settlement of Monte Sannace, 5 km from Gioia del Colle, which is currently a state-owned archaeological park open to the public. Grave goods include large earthenware jars decorated with geometric patterns, kantharoi depicting swastic patterns, semicircle pendants and Attic, Ionic and Corinthian vessels, evidence of trade between the indigenous Peucetian population and Greek peoples.
In summer, the Castle hosts performances and events, thus becomign a popular cultural and social meeting place for the local community.”

Opening times

From Monday to Saturday, from 8.30 to 19.30; last admission at 18.30.
On Sundays, open only the first of each month.

Closing

first Monday of the mounth and Sunday (except the first Sunday of the month)
25th December

Feature List

  • Wheelchair accessible

Accessibility

Accessibile site

 WHERE

Piazza dei Martiri del 1799, n°1 - Gioia del Colle (Ba)

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