THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF LOCRI EPIZEPHYRII
The National Archaeological Museum of Locri
Epizephyrii is located on the edge of the sacred area of Marasŗ, next to
the corner section where the ancient city walls, after their path parallel to
the coastline, turn in the direction of the hills.
NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF LOCRI EPIZEPHYRII
Contrada Marasŗ, 89044 - Locri (RC)
Phone: +39(0)964.390023 - Fax +39(0)964.233932
Director: Dr. Rossella
Agostino OPENING DAYS/HOURS NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
OF LOCRI EPIZEPHYRII: Open Tuesday through
Sunday, closed on Monday from 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. (The ticket office closes at 05.30 p.m.)
Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. (The ticket office closes at 05.30 p.m.)
Please note that any information provided herein is subject to
change without notice. You are therefore invited to contact the
information office of the National Archaeological Museum via the
phone number provided to verify any possible change before you
start your travel to reach the Museums and/or the Archaeological Area.
MUSEUM - Frontside entrance path
MUSEUM - The rear facade
Located at km. 95 of State Road 106 "Jonica", the Museum was designed by
architect G. De Franciscis and open to the public in 1971 under the
designation of "Antiquarium of Locri".
is a small structure which basically develops on two levels. The upper
level consists of a classical exhibition area in which find their place
the archaeological finds and the various display cases that contain them,
arranged according to a criterion based on the place of discovery of the
manufactured article; the lower level, instead, is an open space which
extends right below the upper level, almost forming a portico in which
are placed the archaeological finds of larger dimensions such as
sarcophagi, funerary stones and architectural elements of various
nature; over the years this space has also been used both for conferences and
presentations concerning the development of the archaeological activity
in the ancient city or for specific exhibitions.
MUSEUM - The portico
MUSEUM - Dedication to Paolo Orsi
In the summer of 1998
thanks to the work carried out by its by then Director, Dr. Claudio Sabbione,
the Antiquarium is elevated to the rank of National Museum acknowledging
the essential importance of the archaeological site of Locri Epizephirii
in the context of the Italian cultural heritage. Such an event marks an
important step in the development of the whole archaeological area that,
in the wider project of institution of the Archaeological Park, is also
significantly redesigned because of the new excavations that involved
the Roman area of the ancient city.
Such excavation campaigns, with their exceptional findings (such as, for
example, a statue of a
Togatus, so-called "Togatus from Petrara"), renewed the
traditional problem of a museum exhibition area which had to be, without
further ado, expanded in order to allow the exhibition of a larger
number of archaeological finds.
Within the archaeological area was, therefore, located a private
building (the "Casino Macrž") which, built between the XVIII and XIX
century a.D. and used as a farm, incorporated large portions of an
original Roman structure (even a whole vaulted room) and that, once
acquired and properly restored, could accommodate, in a quite charming
setting, the collection of the Roman period archaeological finds
unhearted in the territory of the ancient Locri.
MUSEUM - Frontside
CASINO MACRI' - The building during the restoration works
Following the successful
acquiring of the structure, the preliminary works of restoration and
renovation started in 1999; simultaneously with the restoration of the
structure a series of excavation campaigns were carried out in the
surrounding areas that, as mentioned above, were crowned by remarkable
In the summer of 2006 the works on the structure were already complete
and so it was possible to begin the design of the location for the
exhibition area while waiting for the completion of major restoration
works on the archaeological finds unearthed in recent years.
In August 2009 the exhibition area of the Casino Macrž is finally open
to the public, becoming to all intents the section dedicated to the Roman
age and late antiquity archaeological finds of the National
Archaeological Museum of Locri Epizephyrii.
THE KIDS' MUSEUM
The Kids' Museum is a special project of
the National Archaeological Museum of Locri Epizephyrii; started in late
2013, it is intended for a school age audience and is a unique example
for the Calabrian territory (and one of the few examples in the whole
country) of spaces and materials exclusively designed for kids'
Developed starting from the will to make it easier to
the youngers to get in touch with the cultural heritage of the
territory, so helping to train generations able to truly understand the
importance and value of such heritage, it provides a series of
descriptive panels, designed exclusively for the kids, which are in
addition to the standard exhibition panels of the Museum. These panels,
with a colorful and eye-catching graphic conceived to draw the attention
of the kids, along with a simple and direct language, tell the story of
the ancient Locri Epizephyrii and illustrate the daily life which took
place there more than 25 centuries ago.
THE KIDS' MUSEUM - Jigsaw Puzzle of the Triskele
(click on the image to enlarge it)
THE KIDS' MUSEUM - The special guides for the kids
(click on the image to enlarge it)
Such tale is narrated by an ideal Locrian family of 2500 years ago
(Nestore, the father - Dimitra, the mother - Costa and
Clio, the sons) and is accompanied by various types of games (such as historic jigsaw
puzzle) usable by the kids during the visit, as well as brochures and
other materials including a map of the archaeological park.