The Municipal Archaeological Museum of "Villa Sulcis" opened in 1988. It gathers which materials come from different archaeological sites situated, a great many, in the municipal territory of Carbonia:

Moreover the Museum offers a valued link with the ancient town of Monte Sirai. Founded by Phoenicians about 750 B.C. the town was occupied by Carthaginians in the 6th century B.C.; life went on peacefully between the new inhabitants and nuragic people till about 110 B.C. when the town was suddenly abandoned.
The show-room contains some complete burial equipments, coming from the two necropolises of the town and the partial reconstruction of the tofet with its original urns and stelae.

Phoenician funerary furnishings
(Monte Sirai)

Urns from the tofet
(Monte Sirai)


Stelae from the tophet (Monte Sirai)

Two important private collections, the Doneddu and Pispisa Collections, include interesting materials of the cultural events of the region Sulcis from the prehistory to the High Middle Ages.

Materials from the Doneddu and Pispisa Collections

The importance of the Museum lies in the fact that these materials are the witness of the relationship between man and its territory during five millennia. In order to show their context, they are accompanied by explanatory "schede" and graphic recontructions.
The Museum whose exposition rooms will be soon more than twice wide, sets itself as a promoting centre of didactic activities, concerning history and archaeology, with the help of audiovisuals and a multimedial system, which can offer a real virtual guided visit to the town of Monte Sirai, annual pottery laboratory.

Laboratorio di ceramica

For information and booking:
Civico Museo Archeologico Villa Sulcis
Via Napoli - 09013 Carbonia - tel. 0781/64044
Administrative Offices tel. 0781/665037

from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (except Monday)
guided visits for single individuals, tourist groups and school groups, in Italian, English and French.


Through the multimedial system and the audiovisuals the Museum is able to propose, above all to students, didactic activities whose aim is the knowledge of the historical and archaeological patrimony of the territory.
For the same purpose some itineraries have been mapped out with a particular regard to the environment and to the archaeology and touch the most interesting sites of the surrounding of Carbonia (shelter rocks, Domus de Janas and caves); an annual pottery laboratory for school-children groups offers also a manual contact with the ancient cultures.
The animation activities range from film reviews to picture and sculpture exhibitions, from game and ceramics laboratories to graphic arts.
The whole is favoured by the happy position of the Museum which is situated within Villa Sulcis Park, a green area and the centre of the main cultural and social activities of the town.