More than twenty years ago, while excavating a new railway station in Pisa’s outskirts, one of the most important archaeological discovery of the last Century took place. In this area once flew an ancient stream, where more than thirty ships sunk, as the result of a series of floods in a spun of over a 1000 years (from III C. B.C. to VII C. A.D.). The shipwrecks, along with their load, were in an extremely well-preserved state. After many years of excavating the site and subsequently restoring the findings, the Ancient Ships Museum was finally inaugurated on June the 16th 2019.
The exposition, in more than 5000 square meters, subdivided in 8 sections, tells the tale of the city of Pisa, from the Etruscan period to the Roman one, up to the arrival of the Lombards. The exhibition focus on the relationship between the city and the water and naturally the catastrophic floods; the ancient Etruscan and Roman ships are displayed in the main hall, where the Alkedo, a magnificent private ship of the Augustan period, plays the main role, while the remaining sections investigate the ships and their loads, the navigation techniques, the life on board, the cults and superstitions.
Opening hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.;
Wednesday 2.30 – 6.30 p.m.
Closing days: on Mondays, December 25th, December 31th, Easter Sunday, April 25th, May 1st, August 15th
Guided tours: Sunday guided tours € 6,00 per person, every Sunday at 3 p.m., duration 2 hours, mandatory reservation |
Free thematic guided tours, every Sunday at 11 and 12 a.m., duration 45 minutes
Prices: full ticket € 10,00, reduced € 8,00 (gruppi oltre 10 pax, over 65, CRAL), reduced € 5,00 (resident in the Municipality of Pisa, people between 6-18 years of age, schools) family ticket € 20,00
Mandatory reservation for groups with reservation fee € 20,00
Address: Lungarno Ranieri Simonelli, 16-Pisa