Montevarchi Paleontological Museum

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Montevarchi Paleontological Museum

The Paleontological Museum of Montevarchi , located in the spaces of a medieval Franciscan convent around the fifteenth-century Cloister of San Lodovico, is the result of the activities of the Accademia Valdarnese del Poggio , founded in 1805.

The initial nucleus of fossils was formed with finds collected in the Valdarno area, one of the most important fossiliferous basins in Europe. In 1810 Georges Cuvier, founder of paleontology and comparative anatomy, studied the collection of fossils. In the following decades the Museum, opened to the public in 1829, saw its collection further increase thanks to reports from citizens. To date the collection has around 3,000 artefacts.

At the end of 2014, after a long period of restoration, the Museum reopens its doors with a new exhibition that allows you to discover, in a scientifically rigorous and educationally effective way, the evolution of the natural history of Valdarno starting from 3 million years ago . The new exhibition also includes the exceptional fossil of Mammuthus meridionalis recently discovered near Terranuova Bracciolini (AR), excavated and restored on site and placed in a special room since December 2019.

In 2016 the "Alvaro Tracchi" Archaeological Section was inaugurated where numerous Etruscan-Roman finds from Valdarno and Etruscan artefacts from the Viterbo area are exhibited.

The new section is inserted to complete the paleontological path, as an in-depth study of the historical characteristics of human presence in the territory.

Part of the museum itinerary is the scenographic Great Hall of the Academy, home to the conservation of a very rich bibliographic collection which includes numerous incunabula and ancient editions from the libraries of the suppressed convents of the Valdarno area.


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Via Poggio Bracciolini 36/40
52025 Montevarchi


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