Regional Archaeological Museum of
Agrigento


The Archaeological Museum is located on the hill of St. Nicholas: a nice ridge with the majestic view over the temples and the sea. This was the place where the upper agorà of Akragas was located. In the 12th century a Cistercian Monastery was built here and its cloister and some rooms have been incorporated into the modern Museum, thus creating a well-balanced complex composed of modern and antique structures. The museum contains more than 5000 exhibits displayed according to scientific criteria which guide the visitor chronologically in the discovery of Agrigento from prehistory to the end of the Graeco-Roman era. The Museum has 18 rooms organized in 2 sections: the first section is dedicated to the remains of Agrigento (rooms 1-11) and the second is dedicated to the archaeological finds of the surrounding territories (rooms 12-18).

The most outstanding exhibits are undoubtedly the collection of vases with decorations depicting epic and mythological scenes, the giant Telamon placed in the room dedicated to Zeus, Greek and Roman sarcophagi embellished with splendid bas-relief details, the Ephebos of Agrigento and fine floor mosaics of Roman dwellings (domus). Recently the museum’s garden has been embellished with superb bronze sculptures by G.Wyatt and dedicated to the philosopher of Agrigento, Empedocle. Empedocle was not only a philosopher but also the politician who introduced democracy to Akragas during the last decades of the 5th century BC. The museum is surrounded by the archaeological remains of the political centre of Akragas: to the South, the cavea of the Ekklesiasterion, and to the North the Boulèuterion.

Legislative proposals were formulated by the ‘Boulé’ which were then discussed and voted by the general assembly of the citizens (‘Ekklesia’). The cavea of the Ekklesiasterion is ‘invaded’ by a small Roman temple built on the site in the 1st century BC, incorrectly called “Oratory of Phalaris” (the tiny temple was possibly used as an oratory in the Middle Ages by the monks of the nearby Church of St. Nicholas). During the Imperial age the entire area was generally re-organized: nearby the Boulèuterion was built a large Roman temple with an ample podium and a portico running around three sides. Recently statues of Roman magistrates in toga, which are now exhibited along via sacra, were found here. The presence of this temple and the noble dwellings of the nearby Roman-Hellenistic quarter demonstrate the importance of this area during the Roman age: this was the urban centre of the Roman Agrigentum.

Archeological Area Tourist Information
THIS information is subject to change without prior notice

The Archaeological Museum “Pietro Griffo” is located next to the Church of St. Nicholas and on the side facing Roman Hellenistic Quarter.

Visitors will be able to enter only last a maximum of 50 people per hour. Visit may only last a maximum of 1 hour.

Reservation and purchase of tickets through the Call center or on CoopCulture website is recommended.

In the entrance area you will find the following services: Parking, Tickets, Bus, Information.

We are waiting for you for a visit in total safety in compliance with the anti-Covid regulations in force.

From June 14th 2021 until further notice: open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday open from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Reservation and purchase of tickets through the Call center or on CoopCulture website is recommended.

Ticket to the Museum: € 8 per person

Free entry for younger than 18 years old. 50% discount for EU citizens between 18 and 25 of age

Combo Ticket:

Valley of the Temples + Archaeological Museum = € 13.50 per person

Archaeological Museum: contacts for institutional information

Tel. +39 0922401565

Fax  +39 092220014

CoopCulture – Call center: contacts for reservations, tickets and information

Tel. +39 09221839996

The following coordinates indicate the point of interest

GPS
N 37° 17' 48.52''
E 13° 35' 22.89''

Google maps
37.29681, 13.58969

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