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Museo archeologico regionale di Gela

Address : Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1
Province : Caltanissetta  City : Gela
Phone : 0933912626

Opening hours : Tutti i giorni, dalle 9,00 alle 19,00 (ultimo ingresso ore 18,30). Prima domenica di ogni mese ingresso libero.
Ticket full fare :  4,00 €
Ticket reduced fare:  2,00 €
Notes: Momentaneamente chiuso alla pubblica fruizione per lavori di somma urgenza

Regional Archaeological Museum of Gela

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The museum is next to the Acropolis of the Greek town (open daily 9am-1pm and 2pm-up to an hour before sunset).
The museum is housed in a building made in the 50s. In 1984 it was opened again with a new arrangement, after being enlarged for exhibiting new material.
The last works made in 1995 have completely renewed its exhibition route and explanatory facilities.
The museum illustrates the history of ancient Gela and its surroundings through pottery, bronzes and coins dated, from prehistory to Middle Age.
Gela was the first Rodian-Cretan colony founded in Sicily, according to Thucydides, in 689-688 BC. It soon became one of the most important towns of the island and was a rival of Siracusa itself. Aiming to expand and control the area, it founded Akragas (Agrigento) in 581 BC, and later extended its power up to the Straits of Messina. In the second half of the 5th c. it started declining. In 405 BC it was conquered and destroyed by the Carthaginians. Rebuilt in the 4th c. BC, it was attacked many times by Siracusa and between 285 and 282 BC it was destroyed by the tyrant of Agrigento, Phintias, who moved its inhabitants to Licata where he founded a new town called Phintiade.
The collections. The oldest core is constituted by the Navarra and Nocera collections. The former was bought in the 50s and includes a big number of Corithian and Attic vases with black or red figures, coming from the clandestine excavations made in the necropoli and collected in the end of the 19th c. by Baron Giuseppe Navarra. Some of the Attic vases with black figures (end 6th-beginning 5th c.) are attributed to the Painter of Gela and to the Painter of Eucharides, and many lekythoi of the "Phanillys class". Some of the Attic vases (first half 5th c. BC) exhibited were made by the Painter of Edinburgh, Painter of Boreas, Painter of the Phiale of Boston, Painter of the Porci, Painter of Berlin and Painter of Brygos. They are important Attic terracotta painters who arrived in Gela by merchant boats. The wreck of one of these boats was found off the coast and it offered the chance of obtaining important data for studying the ancient naval architecture and the trade between the old colony and other towns in Greece.
The arragement follows chronological criteria and is articulated in eight big sections, each with explanatory materials.
Ground floor
Section I the history, the prehistory, the acropolis(from the establishment up to 5th c. BC) and the acropolis (4th c. BC), the Emporium, the Boat
Section II the heraion, the town between 4th-3th c. BC
Section III the kilns, the epigraphy
Section VIII the Greek necropoli, the Navarra and Nocera collections
First floor
Section IV the amphoras
Section V the extra-urban sanctuaries
Section VI the territory from the prehistory up to the Greek period
Section VII the territory from the Roman period to the Middle Age

Museo Archeologico di Gela

Sede Museo Archeologico di Gela

Esterno Museo Archeologico di Gela



Typological classes

Places of origin

The museum exhibit 4.200 items

Copper Age
3rd millennium
Pottery, stone objects

Molino a Vento, Piano Notaro (Gela); Desusino, Dessueri, Ponte Olivo (Mazzarino)

1 Pottery with carved decoration in S. Cono style, Piano Notaro

2 Pottery with painted decoration in S. Ippolito style

1 Ceramiche a decorazione incisa nello stile di S. Cono, Piano Notaro

2 Ceramiche a decorazione dipinta nello stile di S. Ippolito


Late Bronze Age
2200-1450 BC
Pottery, sculpures (stone statuettes)
Acropoli of Molino a Vento, Manfria, Monte Bubbonia (Mazzarino)

3 Cult vase containing seven fictile horns, Molino a Vento


3 Vaso cultuale contenente sette corni fittili, Molino a Vento


Early Bronze Age
1200-1000 BC
Pottery, metalwork (razors and bronze fibulas)
Dessueri (Mazzarino)

4 Jug with sieve spout, Dessueri necropolis

4 Brocca con becco di versamento a crivello, necropoli di Dessueri




Protohistory and native culture
9th-th c. BC
Pottery, metalwork (bronze objects, weapons, jewels, bronze figurines)
Piano della Fiera necropolis, settlements of Consi and Santa Croce; Fontana Calda (Butera)

5 Bronze ram, Fontana Calda

6 Big bowl with geometrical decoration carved in Finocchito style, Piano della Fiera necropolis

5 Ariete bronzeo, Fontana Calda


6 Scodellone a decorazione geometrica incisa nello stile del Finocchito, necropoli di Piano della Fiera


Greek period
7th-6th c. BC
Pottery, terracotta sculture, metalware (jewels and utensils)
Acropolis in Gela; Monte Bubbonia (Mazzarino)
1 SFigured stamnos made in Gela, chthonic sanctuary of Predio Sola in Gela
2 Fictile oil-lamp with three small basins decorated with alternated human and ram protomes, chthonic sanctuary of Predio Sola in Gela
3 Gorgon antefix,
6th c. BC
4 Painted fictile antefixes, Heraion of Gela
5 Stone statue representing Kore with a flower garland in her hands, acropolis, Gela
6 Attic lekithos with a scene representing Ajax who runs after Cassandra on a white background (Navarra collection), Painter of Edimburg, 500-480 BC
7 Fictile statuettes in the so-called Athena Lindia type, acropolis, Gela
1 Stamnos figurato di produzione gelese, santuario ctonio di Predio Sola di Gela


2 Lucerna fittile a tre vasche decorata da protomi umane alternate a protomi di ariete, santuario ctonio di Predio Sola di Gela
3 Antefissa a maschera gorgonica, VI sec. a.C.
3 apri

4 Antefisse fittili dipinte, Heraion di Gela
5 Statua in pietra di Kore con ghirlanda tra le mani, acropoli, Gela

6 Lekithos attica a fondo bianco con scena di Aiace che insegue Cassandra (collezione Navarra), Pittore di Edimburgo, 500-480 a.C.
7 Statuette fittili del tipo cosiddetto dell'Athena Lindia, acropoli, Gela

Classic period
6th-5th c. BC
Pottery, scultures (stone and terracotta statuettes), stone and marble architectural elements, metalwork (bronze and gold objects), coins

Acropolis, Bitalemi and seabed (Gela

1 Attic askos with red figures, wreckage of the boat of Gela,
490-480 BC
2 Attic pelike with red figures representing Theseus stabbing the Minotaur (Navarra collection, Painter of the Porci), 470-460 BC
3 Silver tetradrachma with an Androposopo bull, Gela, 480 BC
4 Fictile horse-shaped head from an acroterial group, acropolis
5 Fictile female head with kalathos, acropolis, Gela
6 Fictile statuette, chthonic sanctuary in Bitalemi, Gela
1 Askos attico a figure rosse, relitto della nave di Gela, 490-480 a.C.

2 Pelike attica a figure rosse con scena di Teseo che uccide il Minotauro (collezione Navarra, Pittore dei Porci),
3 Tetradramma di argento con figura di toro Androposopo,

4 Testa fittile di cavallo da un gruppo acroteriale, acropoli
5 Testa fittile femminile con kalathos, acropoli, Gela

6 Statuetta fittile, santuario ctonio della localit Bitalemi, Gela
Hellenistic period
4th-3rd c. BC
Pottery, sculptures (terracotta statuettes), stone architectural elements
Capo Soprano, acropolis of Molino a Vento, Manfria (Gela)
1 Fictile statuette representing Artemis with dog and torch, acropolis in Molino a Vento, Gela
2 Fictile antefix representing Artemis Bendis's face, Capo Soprano, Gela
3 Skyphos with red figures representing a farce, acropolis in Molino a Vento, Painter of Asteass,
last quarter 4th c. BC
1 Statuetta fittile di Artemide con cane e fiaccola, acropoli di Molino a Vento, Gela

2 Antefissa fittile con volto di Artemis Bendis, Capo Soprano, Gela
3 Skyphos a figure rosse con scena di farsa teatrale, acropoli di Molino a Vento, Pittore di Asteass, ultimo quarto del IV sec. a. C.

Roman period
2nd c. BC-6th c. AD

Pottery, coins, jewels

Piano Camera, Manfria, Priolo, Sabuci, Bitalemi (Gela); Sofiana necropolis (Mazzarino)

1 Crescent moon-shaped gold earrings with birds, Sofiana necropolis, Mazzarino, 6th c. AD
1 Orecchini aurei del tipo semilunato con raffigurazione di volatili, necropoli di Sophia-na, Mazzarino, VI sec. d. C.



Middle Age
Pottery, coins, glasses

Gela, Manfria (Gela)

1 Majolica plate, from the well of S. Giacomo in Gela, 13th c. AD
1 Piatto in protomaiolica, dal pozzo di S. Giacomo a Gela, XIII sec. d. C.


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