Museo Civico di Manerbio

The Civic Museum of Manerbio and Territory was formally established in 1985 in order to secure a suitable venue for the display and preservation of important artefacts that gradually came to light over the years thanks to the excavations and surface collections conducted by the Local History and Archaeology Group under the supervision of the Archaeological Superintendency of Lombardy.

The museum is housed in a seventeenth-century wing of the historic complex of Palazzo Luzzago, a building which also hosts the Town Hall, the Public Library and the diminutive Memo Bortolozzi Theatre.

The museum boasts an exhibition area of approximately 500 square metres. In adjacent rooms are an educational workshop, a staff office, a specialized library, the headquarters of the History and Archaeology Group and museum deposit equipped for the cataloguing and study of finds.

The chronologically ordered exhibition traces the development of the settlement of the territory of the low plain of Brescia from the Neolithic period (sixth millennium BC) until the Post-Medieval Age. The rich territorial vocation and heritage are evidenced by the materials coming entirely from the territory of Manerbio and surrounding municipalities.

Documenting the most ancient times are worked flint artefacts and fragments of square mouthed vases, pottery and bronze daggers as well as ceramic fragments that indicate the presence of contact with Etruscan culture. Significant finds include silver drachmas, attesting to the importance of the Manerbio area within the territory chosen by Gallic Cenomani settlers from the fourth century BC. Testifying the Roman Age are numerous tomb decorations, and the early Middle Ages, pottery fragments with typical stralucido polished decorations and imprints, in addition to the only coin of King Aripert I (653-661 AD) yet found in Italy. Finally, a rich collection of Renaissance ceramics from local craft shops chronologically culminates the exhibition tour.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Thursday: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm and 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday: 4 pm to 7 pm

Other days:
st January, 1st May, 25th December and throughout the month of August

Free entry

Educational activities:
Guided tours and educational workshops by reservation on Tel. (+39) 3398609843.

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