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Galleria Comunale d’Arte (Communal Art Gallery):
is located at the end of Viale Regina Elena, towards the entrance of the public park. The Gallery is housed in the neo-classical building of 1828, purposely built to host the royal magazine. The gallery documents the cultural moments of regional precincts, both for sculpture and painting. It also conserves a collection of ethnography from artisans of Sardinia. The Art Gallery is particularly rich in works from the 20th Century. From 1999 the Gallery has also hosted the legacy of collector Francesco Ingrao with paintings, sculptures and designs dating from the 19th to all of the 20th Century, with particular attention to the Italian artistic movements from the war of the Secession to the Second World War and up to the end of the 1980’s.


Cittadella dei Musei (Small City of Museums):

can be found in the small Piazza Arsenale, on the side opposite to the Tower of San Pancrazio. The museum complex dates back to 1962, but the restoration work has brought to light the remains from the Punic to Romanesque eras. Here, visitors can also find the National Archaeological Museum, the National Art Gallery, the “Siamese” Museum and other collections.


- Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archaeological Museum):

has been located here in the Cittadella since 1993. It offers testimonies of the Sardinian civilisations from pre-historic to high medieval times. The layout of the four levels corresponds to specific themed sectors. The exhibition is of a chronological-didactic order. The collection is rich and as a whole represents one of the most important Italian themed museums.


- La Pinacoteca Nazionale (The National Picture Gallery):

was transferred to the Cittadella in 1992. The first nucleus of works comes from the 19th Century stripping of ecclesiastic possessions. Then a rich ethnographical collection of jewellery, fabrics, furnishings and ceramics were added. The Picture Gallery’s collection covers quite an ample period which begins in the 15th Century and continues until the 20th Century, and there are many works from the Spanish school mostly for the older centuries.


- Museo “Siamese” S. Cardu (“Siamese” Museum S. Cardu):

has collected almost 1300 pieces coming mainly from the extreme east, all of high quality and with particular reference to porcelain, armament, money, silver and ivory.

 

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