THE NATURAL HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The Natural History and Archaeology Museum, opened in 1991 in the Santa Corona cloister complex, is subdivided in two sections: Natural History and Archaeo-logy.
The Archeology section features displays from prehi-story to the Longobard age, mostly coming from the area surrounding Vicenza.
Stone tools testify to the presence of humans on the Berici hills since the Middle Paleolithic. The Fimon valleys have interesting remnants of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, including the famous square vases from Molino Casarotto.
The Iron Age is represented in material from various villages, among which are bronze votive panels found in the centre of the city of Vicenza, near what is currently piazzetta S. Giacomo. They testify to the prese-nce of a place of worship in this location from the 4th to the 1st century BC. There are also two Venetian inscriptions, including one from Isola Vicentina that documents the use of Venetkens = Veneti (the ancient name for people of the Veneto region) for the first time.
The Roman Age is featured especially in the decorative and architectural remnants of the Berga Roman theatre and some mosaics found in the centre of the city, while the portico of the Museum hosts a rich lapidarium.
The ancient statue collection comes from Rome and is a gift from Gerolamo Egidio di Velo at the beginning of the 19th century.
The exhibition closes with rich documentation of Longobard presence in the territory surrounding Vicenza.

Berga theatre, statue attributed to Agrippina the Younger, Julio-Claudian dynasty, mid 1st century A.D. (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)

Berga theatre, statue attributed to Agrippina the Younger, Julio-Claudian dynasty, mid 1st century A.D. (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)

Berga theatre, statue attributed to Antonia the Younger, Julio-Claudian dynasty, mid 1st century A.D. (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)

Berga theatre, statue attributed to Antonia the Younger, Julio-Claudian dynasty, mid 1st century A.D. (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)

Inscription in Venetian alphabet from Isola Vicentina documenting the use of the term VENETKENS (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)

Inscription in Venetian alphabet from Isola Vicentina documenting the use of the term VENETKENS (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)

Votive panel from the sanctuary of Piazzetta San Giacomo with a procession of three female figures (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)

Votive panel from the sanctuary of Piazzetta San Giacomo with a procession of three female figures (Archive of the Vicenza Natural history and Archaelogical Museum)