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Image 1: Funerary accoutrements dating back to about year 500 BC. It includes pottery items manufactured in Athens: a small egg-shaped amphora with black patterns and the silhouette of a woman on bull’s back running on the sea waves, probably representing the nymph Europe kidnapped by Zeus; a cup with red patterns and inside medallion decorations representing a Shiite archer near his horse; a vase for perfume storage decorated with black patterns and broken in two parts. The Museum of Adria has a long history.
It was started in 1904 as a Municipal Museum, when the Adria Administration bought the historical collection of local antiques that the noble Bocchi family had been gathering for more than 150 years. In the 1920s the Museum was moved from its original seats in the Primary School, to Palazzo Cordella, where it was located until the end of 1960. In 1961 a new seat was officially open. It had been planned to keep not only the Bocchi collection, but also the numerous finds discovered in the meantime during the excavations in Adria. It became a State Museum in 1972 and was refurbished in 1986: the teaching section was then renewed and a new exhibition room was open for the archaeological finds of Polesine. At present a widening and renovation work is in progress, in order to adapt it to the new demands of communication and to the increased requests of exhibition places.

The Museum of Adria is an Archaeological Museum.
Therefore it houses the archaeological testimonies of Adria, the only ancient city of the province of Rovigo and of South Polesine.

As it is a subsidiary seat of the Archaeological Objects Department of Veneto, it works out activities of archaeological protection of the territory.

Internal structure

Image 2: New southern wing of the Museum of Adria seen from the surrounding garden. The façade, as tall as the two floors and part of the basement, is completely clad with face bricks. It consists of two large curvilinear and concentric surfaces cut and offset at the centre where a large window is located on the first floor and a door on the raised ground floor.It is a three-storey building that lies in the middle of a big garden: there are the basement, the ground floor and the first floor.
- The basement is used as a storehouse;
- The ground floor is used for offices, reception and exhibition, warehouse and restoration workroom
- The first floor is used for exhibitions. It is 1990 square metres

In the future the exhibition rooms will be doubled.

The Museum staff
consists of 13 watchmen. The director (archaeologist), the technician (architect) and the restorer come from the head office of Padua.

Activities: conservation, restoration, cataloguing, study, exhibitions, teaching activities of excavations.

Cooperation with Italian and European Universities for researches, Degree Theses, issues and scientific congresses. Cooperation with local Administrations and Municipal Museums: exhibition organization, archaeological protection, researches, evaluation.

Cooperation with Groups of archaeological voluntary workers: land exploration, workshops, issues.

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