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The Mansion

The Museum has its seat in a beautiful building of the Last Century, which lies in Piazza della Libertà, in the ancient part of Sardara, near the main church of Vergine Assunta.

The building, which was used as Town-Hall, Barracks and Primari School, was restored by the architects Badas and Falqui (Municipal Order – 1981). It was inaugurated 16th April 1997 by the collaboration of the Soprintendenza di Cagliari and Oristano.

The balcony of the building gives the delightful scenery of Sardara’s fields with the medieval Castle. The Municipal Archaeological Museum “Villa Abbas” shows a very fascinating way through the Centuries, It guides the visitors in a large and various territori, which includes  a good portion of the of the Medio Campidano.

The Museum allows to go back in the Past: a charming travel from pre-nuragic and nuragic Age to the Roman and Medieval Age.
  A tactile and visual Museum  

The Museum Exhibition consists of two floors and includes 8 rooms furnisched with many glass cases.

The Museum shows the most important archaeological placet of the territori, which is composed by the XVIII Comunità Montana and the several Municipalities (from Sardara to Monastir, near Cagliari).

The cultural way of the Museum begins with a didactic room, which gives to the visitors the right informations to know and understand the structure of the Museum: it explains the basic techniques of stone’s and ceramic’s manufacturing and gives historical and chronological informations about Prehistoric Age and Late Medieval Age.

In two special show cases are showed a panorama of potteries ( dating from the Neolithic Age).

The 2nd room of the Museum is dedicated to the Pre-Nuragic place of Sant’Anastasia, situated in the urban district of Sardara.

In the 2nd room are showed the important ancient objects of the Pit-Temple and the Pre-Nuragic place, which are called after the Bizantine Church.
The Church was built in Middle Age.

The ancient objects are illustrated by using esplicative panels and pictures. It’s easy to know their archaeological locations.

The panels explain the history and the planimetry of the funeral area (I A.C. – III B.C.).
There are also interesting captions, which illustrate the archaeological objects of the grave, the histological testings of the inhumed bodies and the food offering discovered in the tombs.

The 3rd and the 4th rooms are dedicated to the ancient funeral dressing of the necropolis called Terr’e Cresia (Sardara) and to the technique of inhumation and incineration.

The 5th room shows the archaeological panorama of Sardara: many important findings – the rare nuragic bronze bowmen – and the planimetry of the beautiful  archaeological placet.

The 6th room is the late medieval section of the museum. It is dedicated to the Castello di Monreale, a turreted castle with its hamlet.

The most significant and valuable objects come from the excavations near the castle: majolicas and potteries from Spain, peninsular Italy and Africa; the local products like clay goods, bone and metal objects.
The museum tells the daily past life of the castle through important daily objects: pins; bronze thimbles; buttons; dice; musical instruments; a cork tray; coins; carpenter nails; buckles; weapons and antique locks.

The show case of the medieval room shows a fictitious work-room, which explains to the visitors the make of building materials: bricks, terra-cotta draining pipes.
The visitors can enjoy the different phases of the manufacturing: the clay quarry; the depuration of the material; the setting of the clay into the medieval mould and the drying and the baking of the product.

The 7th and 8th rooms show important historical and prehistoric objects of the XVIII Comunità Montana and the State Street nr. 131 (S.S. 131): the prehistoric witness of Padru Jossu (Sanluri), S. Antonio (Serrenti) and S. Sperate. There are also the precious “ex-voto” of the ancient Neapolis (Guspini).

The museum has a tactile way for blind people, children and for anyone who is unable to use all of five senses.

The tactile way guides the visitors in visiting the museum: objects to touch, braille panels and audioguides illustrate all the museum.

  Sala I) ccSezione didattica
Sala II) cArea archeologica S. Anastasia
Sala III) Necropoli Terr'e Cresia
Vetrina 1 - 2
Vetrina 3 - 4 - 5 - 6
Vetrina 7 - 8 - 9
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  Sala IV)cc Necropoli Terr'e Cresia
Sala V) cccNecropoli Terr'e Cresia
ssssiiiii cccSiti del territorio di Sardara
Sala VI) ccCastello di Monreale
Sala VII) cSiti sulla 131 tra Sardara e S.Sperate
Sala VIII) Siti sulla 131 tra Sardara e S.Sperate
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iSiti sulla XVIII Comunità montana
Vetrina 10 - 11 - 27
Vetrina 12
Vetrina 13 - 14 - 15
Vetrina 16 - 17 - 18 - 19
Vetrina 20 - 21 - 22
Vetrina 23 - 24 - 25
Vetrina 26

Winter: 9:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:00

Summer (June-September): 9:00 – 13:00 / 17:00 – 20:00