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Museum Guide to Sardinia

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You may be surprised by the variety of museums that you can find in Sardinia! In addition to those of archeological interest — the island is a must-visit for those looking to learn more about the Nuragic civilization — there are a number of galleries that celebrate modern and contemporary Sardinian artists, plus many lesser-known ethnographic museums that will tell you more about Sardinia's unique culture, traditions and crafts.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
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10 Places

Museo Archeologico Nazionale

History Museums

Compendio Garibaldino

History Museums

Museo del Carbone

Speciality Museums, Mines

Man Museum of Art Province of Nuoro

Art Museums

San Sperate Art Village

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museo La Stazione dell'Arte (Maria Lai)

Art Museums

Museo Nivola

Speciality Museums, Monuments & Statues, Art Museums

Museo del Banditismo

Speciality Museums

MEOC -Museo Etnografico Oliva Carta Cannas

Speciality Museums

Museo Etnografico Galluras -il museo della femina AGABBADORA-

Speciality Museums

Elena Z's City Tips

  • To get around in Sardinia, a car is highly recommended. Public transportation is not efficient, and you'll lose a lot of time.
  • If you visit a church in Sardinia, like everywhere else in Italy, wear something that covers your shoulders.
  • In Sardinia there are three airports: Cagliari (south), Alghero (northwest) and Olbia (northeast), as well as three main ports (Cagliari, Olbia and Porto Torres).
  • A 15% service gratuity is usually added to the cost of your meal at restaurants (unless otherwise specified).
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale
    History Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    This museum houses the most extensive archeological collection in Sardinia, from the pre-nuragic era (6BC), to the late Roman period (800AC). Of particular interest is the collection of antique bronzes that were found inside the impressive nuragic and pre-nuragic buildings, including nuraghi (tower-fortresses), domus de janas (fairy houses), giant tombs and sacred wells. Last but not least, the more recently discovered 2-meter high statues 'Giganti di Monte Prama' are awe-inspiring.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Do not miss a visit to the most famous of the nuraghi, Su Nuraxi in Barumini.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 156 things to do in Cagliari
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great museum to understand history of Sardinia 26/09/2018
    • good museum. 18/09/2018
    • Museo Archeologico Nazionale
    Address:
    Piazza Arsenale
    09124, Cagliari, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 070 655911
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Compendio Garibaldino
    History Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    Garibaldi played a very important role in Italian history, and chose La Maddalena islands as the place in which to rest, reflect and plan the great enterprises which changed the face of the Italian nation forever. He spent 25 years in this idyllic archipelago, surrounded by nature and animals, and you'll soon understand why ...

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Garibaldi's house is located inside a natural national park. Do not miss a boat excursion to explore the best of this beautiful area!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Caprera
    • Definitely a must!!! 15/06/2018
    • Wonderful 13/06/2018
    • Compendio Garibaldino
    Phone:
    +39 0789 727162
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Museo del Carbone
    Speciality Museums, Mines
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    Elena Z Says:

    The southwest region of Sardinia is one of the oldest lands in Europe, and until the 1960s was a huge mining area. Today some of the former mines are accessible to the public — such as this one, which showcases the richness of the industry and the hardships endured by the miners who worked here. A paradise for aficionados of industrial archeology in particular!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Don't miss a walk through the city of Carbonia to explore its markedly rational architecture: it was founded by Mussolini in the 1930's in order to exploit the vast coal resources.
    • The whole region is protected within a geo-park that includes several well-preserved former mine villages. These include Montevecchio (Guspini) and Rosas (Narcao).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Carbonia
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous! Very well organized and informative 06/08/2018
    • Well worth the visit 26/07/2018
    • Museo del Carbone
    Address:
    Strada Statale 126
    Grande Miniera di Serbariu
    09013, Carbonia, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0781 62727
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Man Museum of Art Province of Nuoro
    Art Museums
    Elena Z Says:

    A modern art museum in the heart of Sardinia, Man Museum of Art hosts an impressive permanent collection of works by Sardinian artists, dating from the end of the 19th century to the modern day. Works to look out for include those by Antonio Ballero, Giuseppe Biasi, Francesco Ciusa, Mario Delitala, Carmelo Floris, Maria Lai, Mauro Manca and Costantino Nivola.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Nuoro is also the native city of Grazia Deledda, a Sardinian writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. You can visit the house where she was born.
    • The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and workshops on a regular basis. Check the website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 30 things to do in Nuoro
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good exhibition 21/09/2018
    • Great quality 25/05/2018
    • Man Museum of Art Province of Nuoro
    Address:
    Via Satta, 27
    08100 Nuoro, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0784 252110
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 13:00
    15:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • San Sperate Art Village
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elena Z Says:

    While there are many villages in which the walls of private houses have been painted with murals, San Sperate is a special one. The famous Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, a native of San Sperate, suggested that the village be turned into an open air museum, and so it happened. Explore the beautiful mix of street art and sculptures that make this village such a lovely place to live.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Have a beer at restaurant-pizzeria Ada. Local artists exhibit their works here and the owner is a beer aficionado.
    • The village of Orgolsolo is also famous for its political murals.
    • You can also find murals depicting scenes of daily life in Fonni, Tinnura, San Gavino Monreale and many others.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in San Sperate
    • Walk around the town to get to the open museum 29/10/2016
    • Nice trip to San Sperate, guided by Alessandro Alexandros 14/09/2016
    • San Sperate Art Village
    Address:
    San Sperate Village
    20 km-s from Cagliari
    San Sperate, Sardinia
    Italy
    Other:
  • Museo La Stazione dell'Arte (Maria Lai)
    Art Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    This museum of contemporary art is located in a former train station on the top of a hill, just outside the village of Ulassai, and houses the works of famous Sardinian artist Maria Lai. The village itself, where she was born, is also an open air museum of her characteristic and impressive thread sculptures.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In August, Ulassai and nearby village Jerzu host the popular wine and theater event "Festival dei Tacchi."
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Ulassai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice place 12/09/2018
    • Unexpected Gem 25/07/2017
    • Museo La Stazione dell'Arte (Maria Lai)
    Address:
    Strada Provinciale 11 Ex Stazione Ferroviaria
    08040 Ulassai, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0782 787055
    Other:
  • Museo Nivola
    Speciality Museums, Monuments & Statues, Art Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    This museum in Orani is dedicated to the world-famous artist Costantino Nivola, who was born right in the heart of the tiny village and went on to live and work in Milan, Paris and New York.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Not far from here in Nuoro, you can find Piazza Sebastiano Satta, one of his works.
    • The museum often hosts interesting cultural evenings and workshops. Check the website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Orani
    • A hidden gem to explore 01/08/2017
    • Quasi tutto positivo 16/09/2018
    • Museo Nivola
    Address:
    Via Monte Gonare 2
    08026 Orani, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 0784 730063
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Tue
    15:30 - 19:30
    Thu - Tue
    10:30 - 13:30
    Thu
    15:30 - 19:30
    Fri - Sat
    15:30 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Museo del Banditismo
    Speciality Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    While there is no trace of the Mafia in Sardinia, the island does have a long and interesting history of bandits. This museum seeks to tell the stories of ordinary people who, often for honorable reasons, became bandits who are arguably worthy of respect. While they do not intend to glorify the occupation, the displays here make for an insightful visit, and one that will help you to better understand Sardinia's more recent history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • If you are interested in this topic, don't miss Orgosolo, a village famous for its open-air political street art and for its former bandits.
    • Pre-visit movie suggestion: "Banditi a Orgosolo."
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Aggius
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Two museums 18/06/2017
    • Gangster museum...and Textile Factory "l'i.s.o.l.a." 07/08/2016
    • Museo del Banditismo
    Address:
    Via Pretura
    07020 Aggius, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 079 621029
    Other:
  • MEOC -Museo Etnografico Oliva Carta Cannas
    Speciality Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    Featuring an authentic reconstruction of a traditional Sardinian home, including everyday objects, food production artifacts (wine, bread, cheese, oil) and traditional crafts, MEOC is well worth a visit. This museum also hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to Aggese carpets, well known and appreciated both in Italy and abroad.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you are interested in textiles, another village famous for this tradition is Samugheo. It also has a museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Aggius
    • Interesting museum 19/08/2018
    • Really interesting museum of Gallura. 22/06/2018
    • MEOC -Museo Etnografico Oliva Carta Cannas
    Address:
    Via Monti di Lizu, 6
    07020 Aggius, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 079 621029
    Other:
  • Museo Etnografico Galluras -il museo della femina AGABBADORA-
    Speciality Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    Not your usual ethnographic museum, Galluras tells the story of 'Sa Accabadora,' a female figure who used to end the lives of the ill and the elderly in order to stop their suffering, an old style of euthanasia. While some locals think that such women were mere mythical creations, this exhibit nonetheless raises some interesting moral issues.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Reading suggestion: "Sa Accabadora" by Michela Murgia.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Luras
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A museum apart 25/08/2017
    • Il museo della " Femina Agabbadora"- unico esemplare riconosciuto al mondo 30/08/2016
    • Museo Etnografico Galluras -il museo della femina AGABBADORA-
    Address:
    Via Nazionale 35
    Situato Nella Via Principale DI Luras, Fronte Monumento AI Caudti
    07025 Luras, Sardinia
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 368 337 6321
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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