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History of Archaeological museum of the territory of populonia

Archaeological museum of the territory of populonia



Palazzo Nuovo, now seat of the museum, is built under a project signed by the architect Gabrielli. The building is designed as a home for the rulers Felice and Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon’s sister.


The famous silver Amphora, symbol of the museum and territory, gets caught in the nets of the fisherman Gaetano Graniero in the stretch of sea between Baratti and San Vincenzo.


The “Pesci” mosaic, discovered at Populonia in 1842 and illegally exported in the 1960s, is recovered and bought back by the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities, after being put on sale at an auction in London.


Exceptional discovery on the beach at Baratti of bronze and iron weapons dating back to the 4th century BC.


Discovery of the Hellenistic age tomb complex in the Necropolis of Le Grotte and dig of “Tomb 14”.


The works to build the Archaeological Museum of the Territory of Populonia begin in Piombino.


Inauguration of the Museum.


The famous marine scene mosaic from the “Le Logge” in Populonia (1st century BC) is exhibited at the museum for the first time.

In the same year, an extraordinary treasure trove of silver coins is found in the sea at Rimigliano.


The collection is enlarged in 2003. The important new additions include:

  • the treasures of the Bronzetto d’Offerente aedicula tomb that include gold, silver and amber jewellery, bronze ornaments and exceptional examples of black and red pottery figures of Attic import;
  • the installation of a display case for the exhibition-conservation of some boxwood rods discovered during the underwater dig at the Pozzino shipwreck;
  • exceptional discovery of bronze and iron weapons covered with thick concretions on the beach at Baratti in 1996, dating back to the 4th century BC.

In December 2004, the museum adds another important find: an extraordinary treasure trove comprising around 3000 examples of Roman Imperial age silver coins discovered in the sea at Rimigliano in 2002.

On the same occasion, the “Pesci” Mosaic is assembled in the rooms of the museum dedicated to the Roman period, after a major renovation aimed at improving the interpretation of its original parts and studying how to install it, besides lightening its bearing structure.


The Desideri-De Stefano family donates a splendid Attic vase with red figures made by a pottery decorator working at the “Pittore di Firenze” workshop (mid 5th century BC) and depicting a fertility myth.


The Roman section is enhanced with two milestones discovered in the dig at the Roman Villa of Poggio del Molino (Baratti).


The tenth anniversary is celebrated.


The museum is recognised as a museum of regional importance.


“Archaeology on the work site. New discoveries from the Baratti digs”, temporary exhibition of the finds discovered during the digs carried out by ASA Spa within the framework of a project to construct the Baratti and Populonia sewer system.

The exhibition is the result of collaboration between ASA, the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany (SBAT), the company that carried out the works (Cornia Manutenzioni s.r.l.u.) and Studio Archeologico Associato Hera (SAAH).


Inauguration of the multimedia itinerary “A Museum in All Senses” developed thanks to financing granted to the Town of Piombino by the Tuscany Region (with contributions aimed at the development and growth of the activities of museums acknowledged to be of regional interest) and with the scientific design of Parchi Val di Cornia SpA and the Department of Architecture at the University of Florence.


Inauguration of the musical itinerary “Sounds of the past” developed within the regional operating programme FESR 2014-2020, promotion and enhancement of the network of major cultural and museum attractions “The Etruscans in Tuscany: the cities of Etruria”.


Inauguration of the new mosaic installation “Marble illusions. A mosaic floor from the Acropolis of Populonia”, project financed by the Livorno Foundation. A fragment of the precious mosaic floor with central square of perspectival cubes that decorated the panoramic terrace of Le Logge is put on display.

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