Tourists visiting Ancona will not miss a stop at the National Archaeological Museum of the Marche.

The Cabinet of the Archaeological Commission of the Marches Monuments was established in 1860 and became the Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche in 1906.

It is located in the magnificent Palazzo Ferretti. The external facade of Palazzo Ferretti is attributed to Sangallo, and its construction began in the mid-sixteenth century.


The National Archaeological Museum of the Marche has undergone several prolonged closures, first due to World War II, when Ancona was heavily bombed by the Allies, and after the earthquake of 1972, which saw the closure for 16 years.

Now we can say that offers a rare, full and rich cultural landscape of the Marche Region.

The exhibits range from the Prehistoric to the Roman and Medieval times.


The Museum is divided into five sections, which are the Prehistoric Section (from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age), the Protohistoric Section (from the early Iron Age to the whole development of the Picena Civilization and the Gallica), the Hellenistic Section, the Roman Section, the Medieval Section and the Coin Cabinet.


Palazzo Ferretti itself also offers a wonderful guided tour through the roof terrace, the monumental staircase, the Pellegrino Tibaldi frescoes on the first floor and the Zuccari ones on the third floor, in addition to the eighteenth century frescoes.


You can complete the visit of the Museum with the Roman Forum structures, which are in front of the entrance of the building and the visit to the Roman Amphitheatre of Ancona, who along Trajan’s Arch is the most important architectural works of the Roman era in the city.

The Roman Amphitheatre in Ancona is located about 50 meters above sea level between the Guasco and Cappuccini hills, in a splendid position dominating the sea and the city.


Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche

Address: via Ferretti, 6 – Ancona 60121

Opening hours: 8.30 – 19.30

Closed: Monday, December 25th, January 1st, May 1st.

Information: Ticket Office tel. 071202602  –  Fax 071 2083233

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