Museums of Bari

Collection of the Cathedral Treasure with relics of the Holy Land and icons donated by Greek Orthodox, Russian and Norman sovereigns. The architectures on display belong to the superior structure of the Duomo.

Place: Bari
Address: Largo Abate Elia, 13
Telephone: 080 / 5737111-5737257

The Diocesan Museum exhibits its heritage in various locations: the Archbishop’s Palace, the Church of Saints Teresa of the Males, San Gaetano and Santa Chiara. There are paintings, liturgical and sacred furnishings, statues and scrolls belonging to the churches of the Diocese. The most precious object is the scroll of parchment of the Exultet, of the eleventh century, used in the liturgical celebration of the Easter Vigil.

Place: Bari
Address: Archiepiscopal Palace – Via Bianchi-Dottula
Telephone: 080-5210064
Opening days: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

The Provincial Art Gallery was established in 1928 with works from various museums and galleries and from convents and churches, which went on to form an art collection from the 11th century to the 20th century. In addition to some sculptures, the medieval sector includes icons made in Puglia between the 12th and 14th centuries. Among the paintings are works by Venetian artists such as Tintoretto, Bellini and Paolo Veronese and Neapolitan and Apulian artists from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. In 1985 the Grieco collection was purchased and the Museum was enriched with paintings by the Tuscan Macchiaioli. As for nineteenth-century painting, there are works by Giovanni Boldini, Francesco Netti and Giuseppe De Nittis, while the twentieth century is represented by artists such as Casorati, De Chirico Morandi and Carrà. There is also a collection of 17th and 18th century ceramics from Puglia and the crib called Caleno. It is worth mentioning the collection of the knight Vincenzo Simone, which includes almost fourteen thousand sheets of glass to print postcards regarding places in southern Italy, in particular the Lucanian and Apulian territory.

Place: Bari
Address: Palazzo della Provincia – Via Spalato, 19
Telephone: 080 / 5412421-5412422
Opening days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Gipsoteca is set up in some rooms of the Swabian castle, a building dating back to the Norman period of the twelfth century and then restored and enlarged by Frederick II. The exhibition is divided into two rooms on the ground floor and consists of a collection of sculptural reproductions and decorative parts of churches, palaces and monuments of Puglia, relating to the period between the eleventh century and the seventeenth century. These molds were made in 1899 for the Exposition of Turin, in 1900 for that of Paris and in 1911 for the exhibition of the regions in Rome, on the occasion of the fifty years of Italian unity.

Place: Bari
Address: Norman Swabian Castle – Piazza Federico II di Svevia, 4
Telephone: 080/5286263
Opening days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Historical Museums

The Museum is housed in an ancient structure in the area of ​​the medieval center of the city. The idea of ​​the constitution of a Civic Historical Museum was born at the beginning of the twentieth century starting from a very successful historical exhibition on the nineteenth century. The material of the exhibition then merged into the Historical Museum inaugurated in 1919, and progressively enriched itself with elements of considerable historical interest. Initially, the exhibition included a first section dedicated to the First World War, and other sections that ordered objects and relics, medieval documents, material concerning the French Revolution and the Risorgimento, and caricature. At the moment the Museum contains several relics dating back to the First World War, to the Eritrea and Libyan War, weapons, among which there are also specimens from the National Guard and Bourbon pieces, a Garibaldian uniform, a collection of caricatures by Esperus and Frate Menotti, films and historical photos of great historical interest because they testify to the urban city image before the twentieth century interventions, books and postcards, an autograph document by Mazzini, medieval seals and casts and above all the first book printed in Bari in the years 30 of the sixteenth century. A very important part of the exhibited material comes from the collection donated by the Tanzi family, which brings a collection of valuable weapons, the family gallery and above all the archival documentation, which is constituted as a fundamental historiographical source for the historical reconstruction of the territory between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Place: Bari
Address: Strada Sagges, 13
Telephone: 080/5772362
Opening days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Archaeological Museums

The exhibited material comes from the archaeological sites of Puglia, which bear witness to the flourishing civilization that since prehistoric times has inhabited these territories. Of particular relevance is the section dedicated to the Greek exhibits: Attic vases with red and black figures, Corinthian vases, but also locally produced materials, decorated with original drawings or of Greek derivation. The exhibition continues with inscriptions, epigraphs, terracotta of the Taranto and Canosa factories; jewels, sculptures, bronze statuettes, coins and medals complete the collection.

Place: Bari
Address: Piazza Umberto I
Telephone: 080 / 5211559-5227316
Opening days: Visible on request

Naruralistic Museums

Collection of specimens of local fauna, both sedentary and migratory and of some fossil and archaeological finds of the territory.

Place: Bari
Address: Via Orabona, 4 / a
Telephone: 080/5443360
Opening days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

The collections belong to the University of Bari and tell the story of the Earth from its formation to the appearance of man. The most interesting finding is, perhaps, the fossil skeleton of a whale lived in the lower Pleistocene.

Place: Bari
Address: Campus universitario – Via Orabona, 4
Telephone: 080 / 5442616-5442558
Opening days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

In the aquarium are collected specimens of flora and fauna of the lower Mediterranean. The bone exhibits of cetaceans are very interesting.

Place: Bari
Address: Molo Pizzoli – Porto – Bari
Telephone: tel. 080/5211200 fax 080/5213486
Opening days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (h.08.30 – h.13.00);
Saturday (08.30 am – 12.00 pm); Free entry

Technical Museums

The collection is set up within the Department of Physics and consists of tools and objects used for demonstrations and experiments in the field of physics and its various sections. The exhibition presents three different collections, that of the Institute of Experimental Physics, that of the Institute of Physics and that of the Institute of Rational Mechanics.

Place: Bari
Address: Via Amendola, 173
Telephone: 080/5443216
Opening days: Visible on request

Specialized Museums

The Museum was established in 1970 at the Convent of the Capuchin Friars and exhibits the material collected by the Missionary Fathers. Following the various rooms you can find musical instruments and masks from Mozambique, lyes from Ethiopia and flutes. There are coins dating back to the period of the Portuguese colonies, fans made of palm leaves, objects of ivory and wood, all material that documents, in part, the culture and the African civilizations. Also worthy of note is a room in which a dwelling has been created that is characteristic of the Mozambican peoples.

Place: Bari
Address: Convento Frati Cappuccini – Via Bellomo, 94
Telephone: 080/5610034
Opening days: Monday