Archaeological Museum, Tarragona
Tarragona is connected with the roman era so it was no surprise that there is a good archaeological museum here. Archaeological Museum (museu nacional arqueologic de Tarragona) was founded in mid 19th century (the oldest in catalonia) and has a rich collection with items that focus on organization and social life in the roman city of Tarraco. Most items were discovered in the quarries that were used for the new port in early 19th century but also later when the new city expanded. Sculptures of gods and emperors, statues, tomb stones, mosaics, amphora, busts of roman emperors, daily tools, toys are some of the things you will see here, there are about 25,000 artifacts in total.
From time to time they have temporary expositions (all of them can be seen online as they get digital when the exposition is over)
It’s open Tuesday to friday 9.30-18.00 (till 20.30 june to September), weekends 10.00-14.00
The entrance fee is 2,5euro (free on Tuesdays)
Museum building, looking like very old one, probably even Roman, was built in 19th century, quite a copy of old architecture. It is a very nice and representative place to find Roman ruins, sculptures, inscriptions, mosaics, pottery, and so on. Doesn’t matter it is not big, but, I think, makes a good educational value for those, who visit it.
The entrance for an adult was 2,40 euros.
Founded during the first half of XIX this is the most ancient museum of Archaeology in Calonia. The historic importance of Tarraco, capital of Hispania Citerior, has provided a rich collection to the museum. Apart from an introduction video of Tarraco and its permanent collection (the mosaics are great) you will find interesting itinerary expositions too.
Tarragona prides itself on its Roman heritage, a patrimony that is evident on a grand scale throughout the city. It may seem that the number of monuments accessible to tourists out of doors makes an archeological museum rather redundant, but the National Museum of Archeology in Tarragona provides the visitor with useful insight into the history of the city and the trials and tribulations it has faced, from Roman settlement up to the damage caused by the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. The collection is not huge, but there are quite a few write-ups on the significance of each of the city's monuments and the roof has spectacular views of the entire city and the coast.
the national archaeological museum is located on the placa del rei next to the king's castle. on the outside of the museum is the inscription "tarraco scipionum opus", (tarraco is the work of the scipions). this fine museum has an interesting collection of iberian, roman, and visigothic artifacts. there are more than 25,000 relics on display. i would highly recommed this museum to the visitor to taragona.