The museum, housed in a period building in the historic centre of Pula, displays the finds from the ancient city of Nora and the surrounding area.
Nora started off as a Phoenician and then Punic seaport, and later became a Roman city. It was inhabited from the 7th century B.C. to the 8th A.D., when the Arab raids led its citizens to flee to the interior.
The Museum provides interesting insights into the colonisation of the area and the founding of Nora, the earliest city in Sardinia, and traces its life along the centuries, as told by daily use objects and by those concerning religious beliefs, rituals, and funerary rites. One section of the museum houses the steles of the Punic tophet, ranging from the 5th to the 3rd centuries B.C., accompanied by 19th-century photos of the excavation campaigns. Another interesting section has underwater finds: amphorae, anchors and Punic and Roman pottery.
This museum is an essential complement to the visit to the city of Nora.
The centrepiece of the collection is the gold foil with a 'gorgoneion' (Gorgon's head), which is also the museum's logo: it was found in a chamber tomb of the Punic necropolis in Nora.
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 67 - 09010 Pula Phone 070 9209610 Managing Agency: Municipality of Pula Manager: soc. coop. Tur, campeggio Cala d'Ostia - 09010 Pula Opening times: 9.00 - 20.00 (summer). 9.00 - 17.30 (winter). closed Mondays Tickets: &euro. 2.50 (full price). &euro. 2.00 (reduced price). Single ticket including visit to Nora: &euro. 5.50 (full price), &euro. 4.00 (reduced price for groups of more than 20 people), &euro. 2.50 (reduced price for children aged 6 to 14 years). Free entry for children under 5 years, and for reduced mobility persons with assistant. Guided tour service is included in the price of the ticket (booking recommended for groups and schools). The museum cooperates in school projects on archaeology and organises conferences on the excavation activity in Nora. The archaeological library can be used on request. Bookshop. Free brochures. Fully accessible to visitors with limited mobility. Tactile route with braille captions.