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Archaeological and Paleontological Museum

The museum with a large workshops section offers a wide range of activities for schools and families

The Paleo Archeo Centre is a newly designed and lively museum, closely linked to the territory that surrounds it. A place for the understanding of scientific and historical phenomena, their importance in our cultural formation and their use in practical life. Education, collaboration with schools and the university, as well as laboratory activities are all key objectives of the P.AR.C museum

The centre is divided in three sections:

  • Palaeontological
  • Archaeological
  • Educational

The palaeontological section discusses the general concepts of palaeontology and geology, necessary for the understanding of the history of the earth. This section presents the collection of fossils from the area. All the pieces are restored and classified by the Department of Earth Sciences of Cagliari and the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Sassari and Nuoro.

In the archaeological section we are told about the Nuragic, Punic and Roman discoveries of the territory. You can admire a model of the Santu Antine hilltop with the reconstruction of the Roman church, the Punic fortifications, the Nuragic and the deepest Nuragic well in Sardinia. This wing of the museum is completed with a 1: 1 diorama of the bottom of the well and the reproductions of the artefacts found inside.
The laboratory, where theory is transformed into practice, is a large room within the museum and is equipped with containers and materials to simulate palaeontological and archaeological excavations, as well as films describing the work of archaeologists and palaeontologists. A part of the space is dedicated to manual activity for the creation of molds, printed reproductions, and the study of minerals. The laboratory is also equipped with the scientific tools used for cleaning and preservation of fossils, such as scalpels, hammers, chisels, air-incisors and products for securing.
The spaces are equipped with projector, TV and VCR, Internet connection, and you can set up a video projection system from a computer or camera.

The P.AR.C. provides teaching aids, cards and documentary material.

Museum PARC mission

Our commitment

P.AR.C.’s commitment lies in the investment of resources and energy in an effort to find opportunities and discourses that will increase the sociability of its territory, presenting both archaeological and palaeontological scientific evidence. In this sense, the museum feels museum education is a resource and a means to establish a dynamic system leading to communication and learning.

The Museum places the value of its operation in a context of cultural return. This return is manifested through active participation in the culture and growth of the area the museum resides in. True to its theme and museum nature, it acts as a centre of social interest, of stimulus for reflection on quality of life, a propulsive centre of targeted training initiatives and continued dialogue on issues of knowledge, identity, diversity and belonging.

The action

The P.AR.C. is open to all citizens without distinction, in order to:

– Contribute to the development of the local community and its territory;

– Participate, within the scope of its competence, to events and civic and cultural development projects of its social context;

– Contribute to a reflection on quality of life that is the result of the increased awareness of the indispensable relationship between historical memory, cultural identity, and science;

– Contribute to the development of culture in general and reading, with special attention to children;

The museum also pays particular attention to the social values ​​of meeting, recovering a correct relationship between consumption, exploitation of resources and skill, the knowledge of history as a guarantee for the realization of perspectives for individual and collective futures.

To achieve these objectives the museum considers:

– The quality of its services and its organization as an ethical, deontological and publicly accountable commitment;

– Its attention to public appearance and participation as a determining aspect of planning and operation;

– The rights of visitors as an essential element of cultural and organizational action;

– Facilitating access to knowledge, communication and information as an expression of the value of the museum as a quality public service;

– Its respect for the environment and the spread of good environmental management practices.

Museum PARC Charter of services

P.AR.C. – Paleo Archeo Centro
Service Charter and Museum visitors rights

This charter of services and Museum visitor rights is inspired by the definition of museum given in the Decree. No. 41 of 22 January 2004 SO-CALLED “New Code of Cultural Heritage” art.101, paragraph 2: “museum” a permanent structure that acquires, conserves, orders and exposes cultural heritage for educational purposes and study. Each museum has the duty to preserve and make possible the public’s interaction with the cultural heritage it preserves for educational, recreational, and public enjoyment purposes. (Art. 102 of Legislative Decree. No. 41, 22 January 2004).
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has issued an “Act to address the technical and scientific criteria and standards of museum operation and development” (Legislative Decree 112/98 art. 3 cg; DM 10 May 2001) where 8 of the Museum’s operating areas with the relevant requirements and minimum operating standards are identified. Area 7 defines the Museum’s relations with the public. The duty of the Museum is to ensure adequate services to the public, established by standards, resulting in the corresponding rights of the visitor to enjoy the cultural heritage preserved in the Museum.

This charter of services and user rights is also based on indications from the Autonomous Region of Sardinia in Regional Law No. 14 of 09.20.2006 “Regulations regarding cultural heritage, institutions and places of culture”, and the quality objectives for museums contained in the “Guidelines for the recognition of museums and museum collections” approved by resolution GR 36, 27/07/2005 (hereafter “Guidelines”) and the ICOM (International Council of Museums) in the museum definition and code of ethics.
The Charter of visitor rights emphasizes the fundamental and necessary relationship between the Museum and its public by making explicit and clearly stating the services and related quality levels through which the museum engages with its visitors, in accordance with the relevant Law.


To protect, investigate, preserve, develop, publicly display and promote awareness of the unique heritage and ethnography of the territory of competence, the knowledge and care of the horse in general and the Giara horse in particular, as well as the collection of ethnographic findings housed in the Museum.

The Museum fulfils this “mission” by being:

a site for the display of archaeological collections, fossils and educational workshops;
a site for scientific research, focused on the heritage of the Museum and the historical, cultural and scientific findings of the territory;
a contributor to the development of culture in general and reading, with particular attention to children;
a site for cultural, educational and training activities that cater to different groups of users through seminars, conferences, internships and training courses, thematic lectures, and tours. Schools are one of its privileged users;
making use through its many activities of the collaboration with Italian and foreign Universities and research institutes, as well as local and cultural associations operating in the area.


– The P.AR.C is based in Santu Antine, sn, 08030, Genoni (OR), in a building owned by the municipality of Genoni, protected under the existing cultural heritage legislation.

– Its collections are public cultural property owned by or licensed to the City of Genoni.

– P.AR.C is a permanent, non-profit organization. The Museum is governed in its operation by an internal Statute and disciplinary regulations.


– Museum departments are covered and described in the statute approved by the city administration with resolution dated 10/18/2013


The museum is accessible:

by public transport with bus stop in Via Roma
by private trasnportation, in the immediate vicinity of the museum


Public spaces have adequate access for disabled visitors, with the removal of architectural barriers and the availability of dedicated toilets
Safe exit routes are identified and clearly marked
There are safety systems in place for the protection of objects and people


is present to guide through floor plans and facilities, indicating exhibition paths and directions for the toilets
captions and panels to describe the exhibits


Compatibly with the human resources available, the Museum is committed to extending opening hours as much as possible, ensuring the opening for 25 hours a week, including Saturdays and Sundays and major holidays.

Summer visiting hours are from Wednesday to Sunday at 10.00 -13.00, Friday-Saturday and Sunday from 16.00 to 20.00. Wednesday, Thursday, Monday and Tuesday the museum is closed but it can be visited by appointment. During the winter the opening and closing afternoons are brought forward by an hour.


Entry is by payment: cost of the ticket: € 3.50

Discounts: € 2.50 for all young people of the European Union aged between 18 and 25

Free admission for:

European Union citizens under 18 and over 65, school children and their carers.

For exemptions or reductions for specific occupational categories or days and initiatives organised from time to time by the Ministry, ask at the ticket office.

Ticket office: open during Museum visiting hours

Information: phone +393391676863
E-mail: [email protected]


TOILETS for visitors, WAITING AND PARKING SPACES in the halls.
There are ADDITIONAL SERVICES. Museum guided visits for schools and groups, also in English.
An EDUCATIONAL SERVICE is active, developing projects and initiatives to promote and enhance the heritage of the museum and the territory in partnership with schools, local authorities, universities and voluntary cultural associations.


Photographic reproduction or filming of the cultural heritage on display in the Museum free of charge is allowed only for personal use and not using any professional tools (see Regulations implementing Law no. 4/93; Decree. 41 of January 22, 2004, art. 107-109).

Reproduction does nevertheless need to be authorized; for this reason visitors who want to take pictures or films of the exhibits must fill in the form that can be picked up from the ticket office staff.
Any other type of reproduction is subject to payment of a fee in the planned ministerial tariff for every type of reproduction.
You can apply for permission for photographic reproduction or filming of exhibits for purposes other than strictly personal at the Museum office.


A register of suggestions and complaints, which is viewed by management, is available to the public at the ticket office;
Visitor questionnaires are periodically offered to evaluate the satisfaction of the services offered and welcome suggestions;
We endeavour to preserve and protect the cultural heritage on display, to have it accessible over time; we therefore ask visitors to cooperate in this effort by:

  • respecting the exhibits, without touching them, soiling them, altering them or damaging them;
  • maintaining a behaviour during the visit that does not disturb other visitors, speaking softly and moving slowly from one environment to another;
  • not smoking in the Museum;
  • switching off mobile phones in the vicinity of safety systems;
  • respecting the Regulation for taking pictures.

Tickets prices

Full for 1 museum

  • PARC museum guided tour

Day ticket

  • All museums included
  • Giara Park hiking

Double ticket

6Circa 2,5 h
  • 2 museums or sites included
  • Giara Park hiking not included

Triple ticket

8,5Circa 3,5
  • 2 museum and geosite included
  • Giara Park hiking not included
Summer Camps
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