The Archaeological Museum of Villa Abbas

The Archaeological Museum of Villa Abbas

 At the center of the village, there is the Archaeological Museum of Villa Abbas, housed within the walls of a building from 1912, which stands on the ruins of the first settlement of the Nuragic age.

 Right inside, you can admire finds from the Neolithic to the late medieval period, exhibited in eight rooms, on two floors. The museum houses finds, which date back to the Nuragic, the Phoenician, the Roman and the Medieval period, which come from from all over the surrounding area : from the ancient coastal city of Neapolis to the village of San Sperate.

 The windows show the objects of everyday life of the past, the materials used to provide food, to defend themselves, to build houses and defense structures. The museum contains almost all the artefacts found in the archaeological excavations of Santa Anastasia, numerous skeletons from the Roman era tombs, from an ancient necropolis located on the outskirts of the village. And finally, the finds of the Middle Ages from the overlooking Castle of Monreale.

 The museum Villa Abbas is not only to see but also to touch. In fact, the main findings exposed in each window are shown along in a parallel tactile path, in shelves positioned a few feet off the ground for blind, in which the faithful copies of pottery preserved in the windows are placed.

The museum houses a faithful copy of two Sardinian bronze statuettes  of exceptional importance, from the grave goods of a tomb of the 9th century BC and found a few meters from the foundation. They represent two nuragic warriors with the bow; the weapons, the position in which hold the bow and the clothing itself are different from those of all the other bronze archers found in Sardinia: in particular, the apron with the studs. This is because they represent two Sardinian warriors wearing Assyrian Babylonian clothes. The originals of these statuettes, as well as some of the most important vases found in the sacred well, are exposed at the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari.

Civic Archaeological Museum “Villa Abbas”

Piazza Libertà -Tel. 00 39 070 9386183


October to May 09:00am-01:00pm and from 04.00pm-07:00pm

June to September 09:00am-01:00pm and from 05:00pm to 08:00pm

Closed on Mondays

Open on non-working days


For the museum visit € 2.60

Guided tour of the museum and archaeological area € 4.50,

Students and groups of 15 people € 2.60

Exemption for children under 6 years and disabled

The library is accessible on request.