Museums in Arzachena and the surrounding area


  • Local Museum of Earth and Human Sciences
    Via Mozart, off Viale Costa Smeralda
    Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am-1pm
    Ticket prices:
    - 1,50 euro per person;
    - 0,50 euro per person for school trips or groups
    - Senior citizens (over 65) free


  • The Oliva Carta Cannas Museum of Ethnography
    Home environment - weaving - arts and crafts - household items - folklore and culture
    Opening times:
    - from the 15th October to the 15th May:
    10am-1pm/3.30pm-7pm- closed on Mondays
    - from the 16th May to the 14th October:
    10am-1pm/3pm-8.30pm- open every day


  • Santa Giulia Parish Museum
    (Telephone booking: 079 660218)

    The museum was opened in 2001 and is located in the Oratorio di Nostra Signora del Rosario (Oratory of the Rosary of the Virgin Mary), next to the parish church. It includes an historical, religious and cultural heritage of great worth: sacred vestments dating back to the 19th century, a vast collection of religious silverware, refined 19th century paintings and other liturgical objects.

La Maddalena

  • The Nino Lambroglia Maritime Archaeology Museum
    Open every day (except Sundays) from 10am-1pm - Entry: 2 Euros - Booking recommended

    Unique in its kind, this museum is mainly about a Roman boat which was shipwrecked on Spargi Island around 120 B.C. It carried hundreds of wine amphorae and vases produced in the region of Campania. The underwater archaeologist Lambroglia discovered and salvaged it. The archaeological finds of the crew and the ship itself provide interesting information about the organisation of Roman naval trade.

  • Santa Maria Maddalena Parish Museum
    Info: 0789 737400

    Located in the parish church Santa Maria Maddalena, this museum holds key information relating to the foundation of the town, its development and history, through the worship of St. Maria Maddalena. The “Tesoro di Santa Maria Maddalena” (The Treasure of St. Maria Maddalena) is the exhibition of ancient offerings made by worshippers of the patron saint. This treasure includes jewels produced in Gallura, dating from the 16th-18th centuries. You can also admire statues, paintings, tapestries, ancient books, tabernacles, vestments and altar objects, as well as ostensories, ciborium, cups, patens, thuribles and altar cards. The liturgical silverware bearing the coat of arms of the baron Giorgio Andreas De Geneys is also of great interest. The Baron was nominated as commander of the Sardinian navy in 1799 by Viceroy Carlo Felice.


  • Compendio Garibaldino
    Info: 0789 727162

    This museum is composed of buildings and heirlooms which belonged to Giuseppe Garibaldi. Inside, you can admire his weapons, banners, wheelchair and the original furniture. Some of the paintings are of particular interest, as is the bedroom where Garibaldi died, his bed facing towards Corsica and his British-made clock which stopped at the time he died; 6.20pm.

  • Museo del Mare
    Info: 340 6909913

    This museum was designed and created by the association “Italia Nostra”, as part of a project with “La Maddalena Archipelago National Park” (Ente Parco dell’Arcipelago della Maddalena), and in collaboration with the Posidonia and Vela Latina associations. The museum is located in the “Centro di educazione ambientale della Maddalena” (La Maddalena Centre for Environmental Education). The biggest part of museum presents the typical activities undertaken at the military arsenal with exhibitions of typical wooden or iron models for future production. The exhibition about the lateen sailing boats is particularly interesting.

  • Geological Museum
    Info: 329 6221680 - guided visits only if booked, includes video.

    This exhibition has been prepared by the Associazione Mineralogica Paleontologica Naturalistica “Giovanni Cesaraccio” (Mineralogy and Palaeontology Association), and is located at the “Centro di Educazione Ambientale dell’isola di Caprera” (Caprera Centre for Environmental Education). This centre was built by the Ministry of Defence (or Ministero della Guerra at the time), at the early of the 20th century. Huge clusters of smoked quartz are exhibited – some are up to 150kg and 65 cm long and which have been described in some of the most important journals in Italy and Europe. These quartz clusters come from Punta Crucitta, the North Eastern part of the island.


  • Galluras Ethnographic Museum – Pieces of the Gallura civilization
    Via Nazionale - tel. 079 647281 / 368 337 6321

    The museum, located in a typical Galluran building with a granite façade and wooden floors, exhibits more than 5000 artefacts dating from the end of 15th century to the first half of the 20th century. The most valuable piece in this museum is certainly the hammer of the so called “Femina Agabbadòra”, the ancient tool which was used to practice euthanasia.


  • Town Museum - National Archaeological Museum
    Opening times: 10am-1pm/ 6pm-9,30pm (closed on Wednesday) - free admission

    This museum was designed by the architect Vanni Macciocco and is located on the small island of Peddone, along the road used by passengers boarding for the island of Bianca, in front of the historical town centre. It is characterised by a central patio, which is used to exhibit some of the recently found Roman ships, and its functional spaces including the Library, the Auditorium and the Conference Centre. Upstairs you can see the technological reproduction of the acts of vandalism which sank these ships. This floor also houses a multipurpose room used for exhibitions of archaeological finds from Olbia, dating from the Neolithic era to the 15th century.


  • Museum of Etnography
    Montiggia - tel. 0789 770822 - Opening times: 7pm- 11pm in July and August; 10am-12am and 5pm-8pm in September.
    - 2,50 euros (with tour guide service)
    - 2,00 euros (entry only)
    - 1,50 euros ( for groups over 20 people, school trips, seniors, with tour guide service)
    - 1,00 euro (for groups over 20 people, school trips, seniors)

    This museum is divided on six themed sections: home environment, wine growing, agriculture, breeding, means of transport, trades. It allows you to discover the origins of this small Galluran town, through objects found in the typical “stazzi” and in the first traditional workshops.


  • Bernardo De Muro Museum
    Near the town library - Parco delle Rimembranze - tel. 0796 71580 - open from Monday to Friday

    The museum is a tribute to the tenor De Muro who lived in Tempio and performed the operas of Mascagni and Verdi. You can admire stage costumes, photos, portraits, personal objects, posters of the operas and the concert recordings. The museum also houses objects about other local singers or musicians, from Giovanni Manurita to Gavino Gabriel and Fabrizio De Andrè, who spent his last years of life in the surrounding area.

  • Historical Museum of Cork Machines
    via Limbara, 9 - tel. 079 672269 / 672200 - Opening times: business hours - free admission

    The museum is located in the conference centre of the Experimental Centre for Cork (Stazione Sperimentale del sughero). The exhibition offers a historical journey through the different machinery used for manufacturing cork, from the early years of the 20th century. It is divided in six sections: artistic, international, rural, industrial, the work of the winners of the annual competition for Sardinian schools and the section dedicated to natural samples. It also houses several industrial manufactures and artisans and a series of valuable books (dating from 1896) about cork and the ancient methods used to produce it.

  • The General Francesco Stazza Ornithological Collection
    Via Fadda, 2 - tel. 079 630996 - admission free, by appointment only

    This private collection was created at the end of the 19th century by General Francesco Stazza. It includes approximately 400 species of the Sardinian and Eritrean birds, which is almost every species. There are also historical documents and artifacts relating to the First Italo-Ethiopian War of 1896 and to the First World War and documents about local history.