Ligurian Archeological Museum

The Museum is located in Pegli, an important residential area to the west of the City, it is set in the extraordinary complex of aristocratic house (Villa Durazzo Pallavicini which houses the collection), park and Museums. The ancient Villa was donated to the Municipality of Genoa in 1928 by the heirs of the Pallavicini on condition that it be used for cultural purposes. Thus, was born the most important archaeological museum in Liguria, inaugurated in 1936.

In addition to the many historical exhibits and those added in the distant past, other more recent finds have been added to ensure that a visit is a stimulating and informative experience.

With over 50,000 archaeological finds coming from all over Liguria, the museum recounts the events and the climatic, environmental, economic and technological changes of over a hundred thousand years, from prehistoric to ancient times.

The visitor encounters extraordinary and unique remains and artefacts, such as those from Paleolithic burials, the rich grave goods of the necropolis of Genoa, the famous "Table of Polcevera", testimony that has survived and that make up the fascinating history of a region, which has always been a cross roads and meeting place of peoples, cultures and ideas between Europe and the Mediterranean.


Top Ten

Among the 50,000 finds preserved in the historic museum, it is possible to select ten that testify to the most significant events in Ligurian history: from the great climatic changes of the Paleolithic age, to the origins of Genoa, the rise of Rome as Caput Mundi and the foundation of the first Roman cities in Liguria.

They come not only from archaeological digs, but also from private collections, among which Prince Odone of Savoy‘s (from the nineteenth-century) stands out, it also provides an insight into this period of cultured and refined collecting.