Also known as the "F. Rittatore Vonwiller Museum", it portrays the history of the territory of Farnese in terms of both mankind and nature, with a special section dedicated to the Selva del Lamone.
From the Palaeolithic Period to the Renaissance. Many finds come from the prehistoric village called "Sorgenti della Nova" (the only site in the whole of Etruria to have been excavated by a proper archaeological team). Plus Etruscan materials from the fort of Rofalco and nearby tombs. The Mediaeval and Renaissance finds, on the other hand, come from the "butto" wells in the old town centre (wells dug out of the local tuff rock and used to store grain), which were then used by the local population in past centuries as rubbish tips. Thanks to this, a lot of old pottery is now on show in the museum.
The museum, set up in 1980, has models, videos and various teaching aids and often organises seminars and conferences.
The Museum is also the official Visitors Centre for the Selva del Lamone.
Museum opening hours:
Winter 10-12 (Wednesday-Sunday) & 3.30-7.30 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Summer 10-12 (Wednesday-Sunday) & 5-8 p.m.(Saturdays and Sundays only)
Entry: Euro 2.50 (students, etc.: 1.50)