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Museo archeologico regionale Lilibeo Marsala - Baglio Anselmi

Address : Lungomare Boeo 30 – 91025 MARSALA
Province : Trapani  City : Marsala
Phone : 0923952535 - per le visite su prenotazione rivolgersi al personale o telefonare allo 0923 952535

Opening hours : Museo Lilibeo: da martedì a domenica, dalle 9.00 alle 18.30 (ultimo ingresso ore 18.00). Area Archeologica: da martedì a domenica dal Museo Lilibeo, dalle 9.00 alle 16.30, gratuito solo per la passeggiata alla Plateia Aelia, dalle 9.00 alle 17.00.
Ticket full fare :  4,00 €
Ticket reduced fare:  2,00 €
Notes: GROTTA DELLA SIBILLA: da martedi a venerdi 9.00-13.00; IPOGEO CRISPIA SALVIA: da martedi a venerdi 9.00-13.00 (su richiesta e secondo disponibilità). La prima domenica del mese ingresso gratuito anche da P.zza della Vittoria.

Archaeological Museum ‘Baglio Anselmi’


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ita Italian version

pdf Area archeologica di Capo Boeo

pdf Auriga di Mozia (italiano)

pdf Auriga di Mozia (English)

pdf Museo Giuseppe Whitaker

pdf Ipogeo di Crispia Salvia


The museum is situated on the promenade of Capo Boéo, within the archaelogical area of Lilibeo (the ancient Marsala), close to the modern town
The museum is housed in the Baglio Anselmi, a building made at the end of the last century as a wine industry for the "Marsala" production. The baglio is constituted of large rooms open toward a wide inner court. The exhibition is in the two large stores, where barrels were stored once. In the inner court you can see an excavation showing a tomb, a kiln and wall structures which prove the presence of human beings since the 4th c. BC.
The museum exhibits the wreck of a Punic vessel and illustrates the history of Lilibeo and its territory, from prehistory up to the Middle Age.
Lilibeo was founded in around 397 BC by the survivors from the close Phoenician isle of Mozia, destroyed by the tyrant Dionysius from Siracusa. It became an inexpugnable Carthaginian military base and thanks to its massive defensive works, it withstood the sieges made by Dionysius in 368 BC and by Pyrrhus in 277 BC. During the first Punic War, Lilibeo was the Carthaginian defense base in Sicily against the Romans, who got it only with the ratification of the peace treaty in 241 BC. It played the role of a bridge to Africa also during the second Punic War, when the Carthaginians tried to occupy it again. Under the Romans it enjoyed a period of economical prosperity being an important naval base. In the Augustan period Lilibeo became a municipality and then a colony. The presence of a Christian community has been found and dated back to the first years of the 5th c., when the town was destroyed by the Vandals, when Lilibeo was made a diocese by Pope Zosimo.
The collections. The museum was founded to preserve and exhibit the wreck of the Punic vessel (half 3rd c. BC) found in 1971 off Isola Lunga, close to Punta Scario, at the northern way of the Laguna dello Stagnone of Marsala. Since 1986 materials have been collected from the excavations made in the archaelogical area of Lilibeo by the Superintendency of Palermo, successively in 1987 by the Superintendency of Trapani, as well as a small group of finds which were first exhibited in the Regional Museum "Angelo Pepoli" and in the Whitaker Museum of Mozia.
The arrangement. It follows both chronological and topographical criteria, divided in sections with explanatory panels.
Room 1 Wreck of the Punic vessel. At present inside a big protective tent which guarantees the right temperature for its preservation. The wreck is a vessel with a slender line, which for its bottom and waterline can be considered an oared warship sank in around half of the 3rd c. BC, during the battle of the Egadi which ended the first Punic War in 241 BC. The wreck, whose stern and port are well kept, is 10 mt. long and made by planking, originally covered by thin layers of lead from the outside. Hypothetically, it is supposed to be 35 mt. long, 4.80 mt. wide, with a tonnage of 120 tons and a crew of 68 oarsmen, 34 each side, who operated the 17 oars on each side. The guide lines and the signs of the Phoenician-Punic alphabet, carved and painted on the planking, let us know the Phoenician workers' fast technique of naval construction, described by classical sources (Polibio, Plinio). Ship's stores materials are also exhibited: pottery, ropes, a branch broom, leaves of cannabis sativa and several ballast stones.
Room 2
Explanatory panels on the geographic position of the site, the history of Lilibeo and its urban layout.
Room 3
- finds from Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, Mozia and Lilibeo necropoli;
- plastic model and photographs of Capo Boeo isle (end of the 3rd c. BC). Here, a small golden treasure is also exhibited, recently found off Marsala.
Room 4
Latin epigraphs.

Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi

Sede Museo Archeologico Baglio Anselmi

Relitto della Nave Punica

The wreck of the Punic vessel from the seabed of Marsala, half 3rd c. BC




Typological classes

Places of origin

The museum exhibits 781 items

From the early Palaeolithic to the Mesolithic
20th-5th millennium BC
Stone objects, flints
Canneto d'Anna (Marsala)


5th-4th millennium
Stone objects, flints, pottery
S. Onofrio (Marsala)


Copper Age
3th millennium
Flints, pottery

Necropolis of di Roccazzo (Mazara), S. Onofrio, La Falconera, Mozia (Marsala)



Bronze Age
2th millennium
Roccazzo necropolis (Mazara), La Falconera, Mozia (Marsala)
1 Vase of the Thapsos civilization, Mozia
1 Vaso della Cultura di Thapsos, Mozia



Archaic period
7th-5th c.BC
Pottery, stelae, jewels
Mozia (Marsala)


Hellenistic period
4th-1st c. BC
Pottery, figured terracottas, architectural terracottas, stone and marble sculptures, metalwork (bronze, gold), coins, murals, jewels, ivory objects, carved bones, inscriptions (on metal) The wreck of the Punic vessel
Lilibeo (Marsala)
1 Lekythos "Pagenstecher", Lilibeo, necropolis, 4th c. BC
2 Skyphos, Lilibeo, necropolis, 3rd c. BC
3 Black man's head-shaped vase, Lilibeo, necropolis, 3rd c. BC
4 Pig-shaped askos, Lilibeo, necropolis, 3rd c. BC
5 Gold band with egg-like shaped and small palms decoration, underwater finding, Lilibeo, 3rd c. BC
6 Corinthian capital, Lilibeo, necropolis, 2nd c. BC
1 Lekythos "Pagenstecher", Lilibeo, necropoli, IV sec. a. C.


2 Skyphos, Lilibeo, necropoli, III sec. a. C.
3 Vaso plastico a testa di negro, Lilibeo, necropoli, III sec. a. C.


4 Askos configurato a forma di maialino, Lilibeo, necropoli, III sec. a. C.
5 Fascia in oro con decorazione ad ovuli e palmette, provenienza subacquea, Lilibeo, III sec. a. C.


6 Capitello corinzio, Lilibeo, necropoli, II sec. a. C.
Roman period
1st c. BC - 4th c. AD

Pottery, figured pottery, architectural terracottas, stone and marble sculptures, mosaics, epigraphs on stone, coins, glasses

Lilibeo (Marsala)

1 The top part of a funeral shrine, Lilibeo, necropolis, 1st c. BC - 1st c. AD
2 Bone handle, Lilibeo, necropolis, 1st c. AD
1 Parte superiore di edicola funeraria, Lilibeo, necropoli, I sec. a. C. - I sec. d. C.

2 Manico d'osso, Lilibeo, necropoli, I sec. d. C.
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