APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Matera - ‘Ridola’ Museum

Via Ridola, 24
Tel. 0835 310058 - Fax 0835 256262
Open: daily 9:00-20:00, on Mondays 14:00-20:00
Closed: on Monday mornings, on 25/12 and 1/1
Admission: full ticket € 2.50, discount ticket € 1.25, free for under 18 and over 65
Note well: it is possible to visit the Archaeological sites of Murgia Timone, Timmari and Murgecchia; the visit is free, but it is necessary to get in touch with Mr. Lionetti (Tel. 0835 310058)

The ‘Domenico Ridola’ National Museum was instituted on 9th February 1911 thanks to the donation to the State of an archaeological remains collection which had been grouped together by the Senator Ridola during his research work.

The first nucleus of the Museum was located in the seventeenth-century ex-convent of the Clarisse and it contained materials from the Paleolithic Age to the Bronze Age, exposed in wood show-windows.

In the middle of the fifties new halls were added to the Museum and in 1976 there was a further enlargement on the occasion of the inauguration of a new display dedicated to the remains found in several zones of the Matera area.

After the expansion of its interior collection there was a new structural change in the museum for the opening of new offices, laboratories and stores in 1985.

Actually remains of the Prehistorical Age are preserved into the building assembled by Ridola together with recent and important findings of Trasano, among which a singular oven of the Ancient Neolithic Age can be mentioned.