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Tarragona National Archaeological Museum

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  • Roman sculptures. Tarragona National Archaeology Museum © Turespaña

    Roman sculptures. Tarragona National Archaeology Museum © Turespaña

  

Category

Archaeological

Owner

State
Plaza del Rey 5
43003 Tarragona
Tarragona, Catalonia

Telephone+34 977236209

Fax+34 977236211

E-mailmnat@mnat.cat

Websitehttp://www.mnat.cat

Tarraco's Roman past

The pieces on display illustrate the process of Romanisation that took place on the Iberian peninsula.

This museum was created in the 19th century and is the oldest in its field in Catalonia. Most of its collection has been recovered over the last 150 years, after excavations carried out at the nearby Palaeo-Christian Necropolis. The items on display here show the historic and architectural importance of the Roman city of Tarraco. In its rooms you will also find numerous remains of sculptures, mosaics, architectural items, ceramics, household and military utensils, amphorae, clothing, funerary objects, coins... Many of these pieces come from areas of the city with important monuments such as the Roman theatre, circus, amphitheatre and forum.

Essential works

  • 'Antinous'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Antinous

    Representation of Antinous, the young Bithynian slave of Hadrian, whom the emperor raised to divinity after his tragic death.

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  • 'Altar dedicated to the Numen Augusto'. Detail of the inscription. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Altar dedicated to the Numen Augusto

    From the theatre of Tárraco, where it was probably located in the orchestra pit.

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  • 'Bust of Claudius'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Bust of Claudius

    Portrait of the emperor Claudius from the site of the 'schola' in the 'collegium fabrum' at Tárraco (site of the association of construction workers).

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  • 'Clipeus' of Jupiter-Amon'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    'Clipeus' of Jupiter-Amon

    This monumental medallion (clipeus) formed part of the decoration in the space dedicated to imperial worship in Tárraco.

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  • 'El Negret'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    El Negret

    Bronze sculpture depicting a young Ethiopian slave holding a tray which was used for placing lamps and the instruments to light them.

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  • 'Mosaic of the Medusa'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Mosaic of the Medusa

    This is the central emblem of the best mosaic found in Tárraco, and features the head of the Medusa.

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  • 'Fish mosaic'. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ M. García © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Fish mosaic

    Representation of fish and sea animals which formerly decorated one of the rooms in the Roman villa of Callípolis, in the municipal district of Vila-seca.

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  • 'Articulated ivory doll'. Detail. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Articulated ivory doll

    This is one of the most emblematic pieces of the archaeology of Tarraco.

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  • 'Weight for an anthropomorphic scale'. Detail.  Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum/ R. Cornadó © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Weight for an anthropomorphic scale

    This is a counterweight for a Roman scale representing the goddess Diana, protector of the forests, animals, nature and hunting.

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  • 'Lion sarcophagus'. Archive of the Tarragona National Archaeological Museum © MNAT - Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

    Lion sarcophagus

    Sarcophagus decorated with S-shaped ridges from the paleo-Christian necropolis in Tarragona.

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Come and visit

Timetables

Oct 01 to May 30

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Jun 01 to Sep 30

Tuesday to Saturday

Does not close at midday

9:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Rates

General: €4,50

Reduced: €3,50

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