Palazzo dei Musei, the Municipal Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Roman Lapidary Museum

This fascinating journey through the history of Modena and the surrounding area moves from the Paleolithic to the threshold of the Middle Ages. The Palazzo dei Musei is your portal to distant worlds. The Municipal Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in the Palazzo houses some of the earliest artifacts of prehistory: from the first handmade tools to the discovery of art and from the birth of agriculture to the advent of building projects. In the same museum, you’ll be fascinated by the history of the Egyptian civilization as you explore the secrets of mummies, gods, amulets, and the fascinating Egyptian ideogram-based alphabet.

Before leaving the Palazzo dei Musei, stop at the Roman Lapidary Museum on the ground floor. The epigraphs and the portraits on funerary monuments found in the necropolis let you discover the people of ancient “Mutina,” the Roman city that would one day be Modena.