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Olbia, Archaeological Museum

Olbia, Archaeological Museum

Olbia, Archaeological Museum

The Museum, located on the small Peddone Island, in front of the old port, evokes with its forms the image of a moored ship, both because of the urban-maritime context in which it is inserted and of the important role of Olbia as a port city in the history of Sardinia.
The exhibition is dedicated to the events of the port and the city, with particular reference to the Phoenician, Greek, Punic and Roman phases.
On the ground floor, in Room 1, the two (of the 11) wrecks of onerary ships found in the excavation of the ancient port, burned down during an attack by the Vandals around 450 AD, are of particular interest: an attack that decreed the end of Roman Olbia. There are also full-scale reconstructive sections of Roman onerary ships, rudder rods and two masts preserved for most of their original length (7-8 meters).
Room 2, intended for future construction wrecks, offers a video on the discoveries in the port.
Room 3 houses the wreck of a small medieval boat, the only one currently on public display in Italy, perhaps destined for traffic only in the Gulf of Olbia or along the neighboring coasts.
Room 4 evokes with a suggestive 180° projection the attack of the Vandals on the Roman city. Room 5 houses a large model of the port referring to the 2nd century AD.
The first floor is dedicated to the urban area of Olbia.
Room 1 documents the pre-Nuragic and Nuragic phases and the birth of the Phoenician (750 BC) and Greco-Phocian (630-520 BC) settlements through artifacts.
Room 2 is dedicated to the Carthaginian period and the passage to Roman rule, a phase to which a granite stele with the symbol of the goddess Tanit and a Punic inscription in the connecting corridor also refer to.
Room 3 still displays terracotta, funeral equipment and amphorae related to the passage between Punic Olbia and Roman Olbia, while Room 4 or “of Hercules” documents the period of full Romanization, starting from the middle of the first century BC, with models and sculptural finds. The heads of Domitian and Domitia stand out, as well as the extraordinary head of Hercules, the city's main deity, mounted on a life-size reconstruction body in the colors that should characterize the original.
Room 5 tells the relationship between Roman Olbia and the Mediterranean, as well as the traumatic passage to the Vandals.
Room 6 is dedicated to the Byzantine era, when the city reduced to a small village took the name of Phausania, and to the following periods: Giudicale (called Civita, it is the capital of Gallura and relaunches traffic and port), Aragonese-Spanish (it takes the name of Newfoundland and decays), Piedmontese, unitary and post-unitary (it restores the functionality of the gulf and launches marine-seaside tourism).

Why it's important to visit it
The Museum tells the story of 'Olbía', the 'happy' city of the Greeks, with its strategic port and its thousand-year-old cultural stratifications. It is the museum in Italy that exhibits the largest number of ancient ships and the only one in the world that shows Roman trees and rudders, therefore a must for those who are passionate about ancient navigation techniques.

Structure category: museum, gallery and/or collection

Content type: Archaeology

Usability: Open

Province: Sassari

Common: Olbia

Macro Territorial Area: Northern Sardinia


Address: Isola di Peddona - Porto Vecchio, s.n.c.

Telephone: +39 0789 28290 +39 340 3560742



January - December

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Information on tickets and access: It is recommended to book visits by calling the telephone number +39 340 3560742, active from Tuesday to Saturday, during the museum's opening hours. You can get to the museum by bus using line 9 of the Aspo urban public transport, stop in front of the town hall (info and tickets:

Access mode: Free


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