Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography
Museo nazionale preistorico etnografico Luigi Pigorini
The museum building photographed from the facing Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari.
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Established1876 (1876)
LocationPiazza Guglielmo Marconi 14, I-00144 Rome, Italy
Coordinates41°49′56″N 12°28′17″E / 41.83222°N 12.47139°E / 41.83222; 12.47139
TypeArchaeology, Art museum
Websitewww.museocivilta.beniculturali.it

The "Luigi Pigorini" National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography was a public and research museum located in Rome, Italy. Established in 1875 and opened in 1876[1][2] by Luigi Pigorini, from 2016, its collections became part of the newly instituted Museum of Civilizations', currently directed by Andrea Viliani.[3] The museum was housed in the Collegio Romano from 1875 to 1923.[4]

Holdings

By the time of Pigorini's death in 1925, the museum had amassed more than 170,000 items.[4]

One important collection of the Pigorini houses is Neolithic artifacts from Lake Bracciano. Another is the early ethnographic collection of Athanasius Kircher. The museum also conserves the Praeneste fibula, the oldest known inscription in the Latin language.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ "Preistoria". Museo delle Civiltà (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  2. ^ "Arti e Culture africane, americane, asiatiche e oceaniane". Museo delle Civiltà (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  3. ^ Basili, Giorgia (2022-07-21). "Intervista ad Andrea Viliani, direttore del Museo delle Civiltà" (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  4. ^ a b Lerario, Maria Gabriella (2011). "The National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography "Luigi Pigorini" in Rome: the Nation on Display" (PDF). Linköping University Electronic Press.

Further reading

Preceded by
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Landmarks of Rome
Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography
Succeeded by
Porta San Paolo Railway Museum