Visit Lipari Aeolian Museum
The Lipari Archaeological Museum of the Aeolian Islands is an important museum in the town of Lipari, on the island of the same name to the north-east of Sicily. The museum occupies several buildings in the area around Lipari cathedral, in the citadel of the town.
Discover Lipari Archaeological Aeolian Museum
The museum in Lipari holds archaeological remains from the Neolithic age, the bronze age and the Greek and Roman periods. In recent years it has been expanded with a section dedicated to underwater archaeology and volcanology and is now very much a highlight of a trip to Lipari.
The exhibition is carefully laid out to make the visit enjoyable and consists of 27 sections ranging from Neolithic to modern times.
Among the highlights are a collection of ceramic statues in terracotta - particularly outstanding is a "deinos", a vessel to pour wine and water, probably made in Attica and with black figures attributed to the so-called “Painter of Antimenes” painted on the outer edge to represent the exploits of Hercules and Theseus.
There is a garden of inscriptions with coffins and funerary stelae carved in lava stone and bearing the names of the dead from the Greek and Roman necropolis.
Another highlight in the museum is the impressive collection of items retrieved from shipwrecks in the Aeolian archipelago including the “Ciabatti, Signorini Wreck”, with ceramics of the Early Bronze Age, and black painted pottery probably of Aeolian manufacture from the first half of the 3rd century BC. Bronze coins from the Roman period were also found in the "Alberti Wreck”.
A collection of archaeological objects of obsidian, which accompany some articles of pottery in the “Stentinello style”, are decorated with engravings of great artistic value. Obsidian is the natural glass like rock that results from volcanic activity that attracted settlers here over the centuries and had a great value: the museum holds perhaps the most important collection of obsidian items in the world.
In the volcanology section of Lipari museum there is an important educational section which introduces the geology of the archipelago and also the other natural resources of the region such as the production of wines and local products.
Just outside the museum there is a large section of excavated walls dating back thousands of years, giving us an insight into the long history of the town and showing interesting changes in wall building over the last few thousand years.
The cathedral and cloisters of Lipari are next to the museum and interesting for the 11th century Norman cloister and the decorated ceiling in the cathedral. For other sights of interest in the town and on the island see the Lipari guide.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Sicily guide.