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While the Renaissance rediscovered the Greek and Roman artworks, people found, on the territory of the Medici, statues from a civilization that looked quite original. The finds from the tombs at Vulci, Volterra, Tarquinia first enriched the collections of the Medici, but they were also a politic chance for them: the Medici could pretend themselves being the successors of the Etruscan kings.

In the eighteenth century, the Etruscans did not stay aside from the fascination ancient civilizations exerted, and tombs were included in the romantic "grand tour". Visitors then developed a passion for the tombs’ frescoes and the treasures they contained. However, Italy stayed susceptible to this magnificence, and dit not allow strangers to plunder them like it happened in Egypt. As a first consequence, most of the Etruscan artworks are now to visit on the ancient Etruscan territory, often in museums located at the very place of their discovery. And also in Rome, of course.

The greatest museums of the world did their best to acquire some etruscan items, but overall their collections remain relatively small: the etruscan collection of the Louvre, as wonderful as it is, occupies only three rooms.

And now, you can also discover many items on the Etruscan "virtual museums".

Attached to their history, the Tuscans also sat up archaeological parks displaying architectural and historical reconstructions.

 Virtual museums     

Virtual museums are under progress, such as the Cineca Virtual Museum of Certosa di Bologna and the Etruscanning project

In addition to the didactic presentation of remains, some museums built up reconstructions of Etruscan tombs, like the
  • National Archaeological Museum in Tarquinia : Tombe des Léopards, Tomb of the Leopards, Tomb of the chariot, Tomb of the Triclinium, Tomb of the Olympic games. They intend to present the original context of frescoes which were detached and displayed in showrooms.
  • National Archaeological Museum of Umbria, in Perugia: reconstruction of a family tomb with some original elements.
  • National Archaeological Museum in Chianciano Terme, many canopic tombs reconstructed from their original funerary artworks.
  • Museum Guarnacci in Volterra : several scenographic displays of remains.
  • City’s Archaeological Museum of Sarteano : ra precise reconstitution of the Tomba della quadriga infernal.
or monuments:
  • Etruscan temple at the Villa Giulia Museum.
 On the Etruscan territory    



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About 80 museums are located on our Satellite view Map.

 Elsewhere in Italy    


Carmignano  Museo Archeologico Comunale di Artimino “Francesco Nicosia”
Milan  Museo Archeologico
Palerme  Museo archeologico regionale Antonio Salinas
Pavie  Museo Archeologico e Sala Longobarda
Turin  Museo di Antichità

 French museums     


French archaeological museums are mentionned on our website in the section "museums and sites", which displays an interactive map and an alphabetical list by city name. The list below is extracted from this last one, mentionning only museums that display Etruscan collections.

Avignon (84000)  Musée lapidaire
Bourges (18000)  Musée du Berry
Cahors (46000)  Musée de Cahors - Henri Martin
Château-Gontier (53204)  Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie Hôtel Fouquet
Grenoble (38000)  Musée de Grenoble
Lille (59000)  Musée des Beaux-Arts
Marseille (13002)  Musée des Docks Romains
Nantes (44000)  Musée départemental Dobrée
Nîmes (30000)  Musée Archéologique
Nissan-lez-Ensérune (34440)  Site archéologique et musée d'Ensérune
Paris (75001)  Musée du Louvre
Péronne (80201)  Musée Alfred Danicourt
Rennes (35000)  Musée des Beaux-Arts
Saint-Omer (62500)  Musée de l'Hôtel Sandelin


 Other world’s museums     


Australia
  •  Nicholson Museum. University of Sydney , Sydney
Belgium
  •  Musée du Cinquantenaire , Bruxelles
Danemark
  •  Nationalmuseet Copenhagen , Copenhagen
  •  Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek , Copenhagen
Germany
  •  Akademisches Kunstmuseum - Antikensammlung der Universität Bonn , Bonn
  •  Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe , Hamburg
  •  Kestner-Museum , Hannover
  •  Landesmuseum , Stuttgart
Netherlands
  •  Allard Pierson Museum, Universiteit van Amsterdam , Amsterdam
Russia
  •  The Hermitage Museum , Saint Petersburg
United Kingdom
  •  British Museum , London
USA
  •  Metropolitan museum , New-York
  •  Penn Museum , Philadelphia
  •  Museum of fine arts , Boston
  •  Museum of art , Cleveland
  •  The Field Museum , Chicago