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The National Museum of San Marino collects archaeological findings from the neolithic period to early Middle-Age, along with paintings and sculptures from the 16th century. Its collection includes more than 5000 pieces, all donated to the Museum and mixing different kinds of objects from all over the world. The Museum opened in 1899 but since 2001 it is located in another building.
Enjoy the Works of Art of the National Museum
The museum's exhibits cover several floors of the Palazzo Pergami Belluzzi. After getting your National Museum ticket, enter the museum and you'll be on the first floor. The first floor focuses on San Marino archaeology and highlights a history that dates back to the Stone Age. See pottery excavated at an 8th-century B.C. Villanovan settlement and Roman-era statuettes. Check out regal jewelry pieces belonging to the Domagnano Treasures and remnants from the city's original basilica.
On the second floor, you will discover important works of art, many of which once adorned the city's civic and religious landmarks. Among these are paintings from the Monastery of St. Chiara and work by the Italian baroque painter Guercino. While you're here, admire the images of San Marino's two patron saints, St. Marino and St. Agata. There are also medieval and Renaissance-era paintings donated by Gaetano Spelluzzi. This is one of the most important things to do at National Museum.
Do not miss the other floors of the museum. The museum's upper floor is dedicated to donations from around the world. These include 13th-century Limoges porcelain, 18th-century French ceramics and Tiburzio Passerotti's Ritratto di Gentiluomo (Portrait of a Gentleman). Don't miss the worldwide archaeological collections located in the museum's basement. Spot Cypriot earthenware and Egyptian funerary figurines in addition to ornamental Etruscan and Italiote vases. Here, you can also see displays of precious coins and medals minted between 1864 and 1939. Your National Museum ticket includes the access to these collections.
Best Time to Visit
National Museum ticket can be purchased at any time of the year. The museum is open all year round and there is no bad time to visit it. It gets pretty crowded after lunchtime, so go early and enjoy the museum while it's empty.
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How To Get There?
The museum sits on Piazza di Titano. It's a short walk from other major attractions such as Liberty Square and the Palazzo Pubblico. You can take a bus or a taxi to get here, check the bus timeline before going. Since San Marino is a small city, you can easily walk to the National Museum once you alight from your bus. As a matter of fact, the best way to explore the rest of the city is on foot since the streets are rather narrow that cars are not allowed on most of them.
The State Museum of San Marino is open daily, except for select public holidays, and has an admission fee. It's worth purchasing a combined ticket, which is valid for several museums and the majestic towers perched atop Mount Titano. Find full details on the museum's official website.