Ignazio Cerio Museum
The over twenty thousand finds at the Centro Caprense were gathered by Ignazio Cerio during his excursions or obtained through donations or exchanges with scholars the world over in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century. Following the death of the centre’s founder in 1921 and on request of Cerio’s son, Edwin, the collection was reorganized by naturalist Raffaello Bellini (1874-1930) and moved from the main hall (what is now the conference room) into the exhibit Halls in cabinets designed by Edwin Cerio. A plan to reorganize the archaeological, naturalistic and paleontological collections, initiated in the late 1990s, has allowed the museum to increase and regroup the collections thus focusing greater attention to those objects related to the island of Capri. In 2000, the “new” Museum, organized into four exhibit areas divided according to subject matter, was inaugurated.
Millions of years of history
Geology and Palaeontology
The museum’s Palaeontology and Geology Exhibit provides visitors with the opportunity of understanding Capri’s origins and to observe the fossil organisms which can be found in the island’s rocks, the most ancient of which date back to some 190 million years ago. The oldest archaeological finds, which bear witness to the presence of land vertebrates thought to have been on the island approximately 300,000 years ago, are exhibited in the central glass cases. This is a large assortment of large mammals known under the name of “fauna del Quisisana” because they were found, purely by chance, in 1905 during construction work to enlarge the well-known hotel.
Prehistory and Protohistory
The Pre-historic and Protohistoric Hall houses prehistoric artefacts dating back to Lower Palaeolithic Age and the Metal Ages: through the use of archaeological finds, experimental reconstructions and objects, the material culture, the technology of the period and the context in which pre-historic man lived. In the exhibit of archive documents, visitors may trace the research history and become acquainted with the thought of the leading scholars of the time.
Nella sala di Archeologia Classica sono riuniti tutti i reperti provenienti dall’Isola, in gran parte risalenti al I sec. d.C., cioè alla prima età imperiale con approfondimenti sulle tecniche di fabbricazione. La gran parte dei reperti deriva da collezioni private della fine dell’Ottocento e l’inizio del Novecento.
The Biology Exhibit boast numerous animal organisms, both marine and terrestrial. Visitors have the impression they are entering a Gabinetto di Antichità (Cabinet of Antiquities), organized according to the criteria of nineteenth century collecting. In the vertebrate section, the animal symbolic of the island of Capri is on exhibit: the blue-tinted lizard, a spectacular example of insular syndrome, which still inhabits the Faraglioni rocks respectively known as “di mezzo” and “di fuori”.
Terrace with a view over the square in Capri
At the end of the visit, visitors are given access to the terrace of Palazzo Cerio, a perfect position for taking photographs of the island, the Gulf of Naples and the Ignazio Cerio Square (the renown Capri Piazzetta).
The Ignazio Cerio Museum, overlooking the Square of Capri, houses fossil, mineral, prehistoric, classical archaeology finds, as well as those related to the island’s fauna and flora.
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday 11:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday, Sunday and holidays - closed
Full price - 3,00 €
Reduced - 1,00 €, ages 18 to 25
Free - Capri residents, children and young adults under the age of 18, tour guides with licenses, Ministry personnel, I.C.O.M. members, journalists with their press documents.
- Last admission 15 minutes before closing.
- Groups can book a guided tour with aperitif on the terrace. For more information, please contact - email@example.com.
- The museum is inaccessible for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.