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The Etruscans: An Ancient Italian Civilization

  • Date
    June 10, 2011 – September 25, 2011
  • Time 10:00 a.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Exhibition included in Museum Admission; Adults - $8; Members/Military/Seniors (over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) - $6; Children (ages 5-12) - $4; School & youth groups (18 and under) - Free (for info on how to reserve a trip follow the Group Sales link below)

Past Event

Photo: Etruscan funerary urn
Funerary Urn

Courtesy Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze

Photo: Etruscan banquet amphora

Banquet amphora

Courtesy Collezione Cambi, Chiusi, Italy

Blessed with fertile land rich in minerals, a mild climate, and proximity to commercial routes, the Etruscan civilization reached its height in economic, political, and cultural power in the sixth century B.C. Although this society of seafarers, merchants, metallurgists, and farmers was ultimately absorbed by Roman expansion, the accomplishments of this ancient civilization contributed to the success of Rome and consequently to the collective history of the Western world.

More than 400 exhibit artifacts range from everyday domestic implements, tools and weaponry to jewelry and expertly executed sculptures. Visitors can explore spiritual beliefs, trade, and daily life in Etruria.

Family Activities
Daily: Check out an Archaeology Explorer backpack at any time or attend a drop-in program at 2pm.
Wednesdays at 11am: Guided tours

Time Travel Through Time Capsules, this free family workshop will be offered at 1pm on August 14, August 28, and September 11. Registration required; email natgeomuseum[at] to register.

The exhibition is organized by Contemporanea Progetti, Italy and Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with the Cambi Collection and National Museum of Archaeology, Florence, Italy.

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