Museo delle Origini

The Origin Museum

The Museum of Origins was founded in 1942 by Ugo Rellini, professor of Palethnology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Born from an initial nucleus of collections donated by Rellini himself, the heritage of the museum has grown over time thanks to the research activities of the then existing Institute of Palethnology, the exchanges made with other Italian and foreign museums and loans granted by various Superintendencies Italian. Most of the finds come from surface research and archaeological excavations carried out mainly in central-southern Italy and the islands.

In over seventy years of existence, the layout of the museum was renovated for the first time by S. Puglisi in 1962 on the occasion of the VI International Congress of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences and, subsequently, in 1992. On this occasion we proceeded to a complete reorganization of the structure, which included a more functional set-up project and specific spaces dedicated to teaching.

The purpose of the exhibition is to frame the different materials from a chronological and cultural point of view and to reconstruct the ways of production and use, illustrating the different aspects of archaeological research. The archaeological artefacts are accompanied by a rich explanatory and iconographic apparatus.

Starting from the earliest attestations of human cultures at the beginning of the Paleolithic, a long journey through the history of man up to the early Iron Age, that is, on the threshold of the historical age, is undertaken. Thematic insights relating to social organization, subsistence activities, funeral rituals, technology allow you to learn more about the ways of life and the ideological world of the communities of the past. The material on display is for the most part original, supplemented by some casts and reconstructions.

The museum is open to the public and guided tours are organized for schools and groups.


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Pz.le Aldo Moro, 5
00185 Roma


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