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  • Palermo
    Antonino Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum

Antonino Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum



As a result of the D.L. of March 12, 2021, the site will be closed.

The Regional Archaeological Museum “Antonio Salinas” is the most ancient public museum of the Island.

The highlight of the exhibition is the hall with the famous metopes of the Temples of Selinunte described as one of the most important sculptural structure of the Western ancient Greek art, that was enriched by the contextual exhibition of new items and a significant selection of architectural terracotta, which still preserve the original polychromy. They were discovered in 1823 by the English architects Angell and Harris, who tried to transfer them to the United Kingdom.

The Bourbon Kings donated to the Museum various finds of great value from Pompeii and Torre del Greco, while excavation works and acquirements by the Commissione di Antichità and Belle Arti enriched the collections.

Among the most important acquirements is the so-called “Pietra di Palermo” (The Palermo Stone) with hieroglyphic inscriptions showing the annals of the first five dynasties from Egypt (3238-2990 B.C), which have a crucial role in the reconstruction of the history of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.

After the Unification of Italy, also the Savoys donated various pieces to the Museum including the magnificent bronze ram from Syracuse.

The items from excavation works and acquirements from all over Sicily established the importance and the central role of the Museum, especially under the management of Antonio Salinas (1873-1914).

From 2006 to July 2016 the monumental complex of the seventeenth century of the Filippini Fathers, where today the Museum is located, was exposed to a complete restoration work. The ground floor – renovated in shape and contents- has the most important collections enriched by the recent opening of the third court “the new agora of Salinas”, with the exhibition of the monumental pediment of the Temple C in Selinunte and the extraordinary sculptural complex of the lion head eaves of the Himer Temple.

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As a result of the D.L. of March 12, 2021, the site will be closed.

Please be informed that tickets will be offered for sale gradually and the purchase will be possible for the same day and the following one.


Info and Reservation

+39 091 7489995

Antonino Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum



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Didactic tours

  • From 8 June 2020, tickets can be purchased online, from the call center and at the ticket office
  • On request
  • On request


Antonino Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum





09.00 - 18.00

From Monday to Friday
Last admission half an hour before closing


Saturday and Sunday

Ticket Office

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time