Contrada San Nicola: phone (+39) 0922401565
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9,00-19,30; Sundays and holidays: 9,00-13,30
Admission fee (Museum only) € 8,00 concessions € 4,00
Combined ticket (Museum and Valley of the Temples) € 10 concessions € 5
The archaeological museum displays over 5688 artefacts that, arranged both in a chronological and topographical order, illustrate the history of the Agrigentan territory from prehistoric times to the end of the Greek- Roman period.
The collections partly come from the Civic Museum (items found at the beginning of 20th century) and from private collections or were ceded by other museums. Most of the artefacts, however, come from excavations conducted by the Sovrintendenza of Agrigento since the 1940s
The museum consists of 18 rooms and is divided into two different, but complimentary, sections.i. In each room there are bilingual (English and Italian) panels that guide visitors and give information on the items displayed in the show cases
Section 1: Ancient Agrigento and its extra urban territory
Room 2 Prehistoric and indigenous period, relations with the Mycenaean world and colonization. Not to be missed the Dinos vase with triskeles (7th century B.C.)
Room 5 Archaeological artefacts, mostly of votive kind, from the sanctuaries of the sacred areas of Agrigento: moulds, clay statuettes of animal and human shape, related to the cult of Demeter and Kore in Sicily, clay masks, vases, heads of variuos gods and clay small altarsi.
Room 6 Original Telamon statue from the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Panels and models illustrate the different recontruction hypothesis and theories about the placement of these giant statues in the temple.
Room 10 The Ephebe of Agrigento or Agrigento kouros (boy), a small masterpiece of severe style with soft and smooth surfaces
Room 11 Greek and Roman necropolis of Agrigento. Not to be missed the small Roman sarcophagus in marble (2nd century A.D.) with scenes illustrating the life of the dead