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MNAT A voyage around Roman culture

The historical and monumental importance of the old Tarraco is reflected in the current Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona (the National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona, MNAT), a reference centre for learning about life in this period. Formed during the first half of the 19th century, the MNAT is the oldest Museum in Catalonia within its field and its extensive collection masterfully illustrates the process of Romanisation of the Iberian Peninsula.

Located in a new building since 1960 in which a fragment of the wall has been preserved in situ underground. Among the most outstanding pieces recovered from ancient Tarraco, you can see part of a medallion (clipeus) with the representation of Jupiter-Ammon, the altar dedicated to the Numen of Augustuses (the divine power), a pedestal of a statue with an inscription dedicated to the genius of the Colonia of Tarraco, the statues of Bacchus, Hercules, Claudius and Minerva, the portrait of Nero Julius Caesar and the sarcophagi of the Lion and the Pedagogue.

Meriting their own chapter are the high-quality mosaics which are preserved in the Museum, such as the head of the Medusa -the best of those found in Tarraco- from the residential area of the city; one representing Euterpe, Muse of music, discovered in the Roman villa of Els Munts (Altafulla); the tombstone of Optimus, mosaic with inscription, found in the Early-Christian Necropolis in Tarragona; and the mosaic of the Fish which decorated a room of the Roman villa of Callípolis, in the municipality of Vila-seca.

Among the most extraordinary pieces at MNAT, is an articulated ivory doll found in the sarcophagus of a girl in the Paleochristian Necropolis and the bronze lamp decorated with a representation of a theatrical mask from the Roman villa of la Llosa.

In addition to the Archaeological Museum, MNAT manages the Museum and Early-Christian Necropolis, the Roman villa of Els Munts (Altafulla) and the Roman villa of Centcelles (Constantí). It also includes the famous monuments of the Arch of Berà and the Tower of the Scipios – situated on the Via Augusta – as well as the Roman Theatre in the city. A complex of the highest order which has been a World Heritage Site since 2000 and which takes the visitor closer to a fundamental period in European history.

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What can I do?

Enjoy the extraordinary legacy of ancient Tarraco with activities arranged by MNAT at the Archaeological Museum and monumental centres in the region. The Museum also offers a wide range of educational activities for children.

General ticket: € 4,5

Reduced ticket: € 3,5
People aged 65 or more, pensioners, the holders of the Youth Card, students with International Student Card, those possessing the large family or parent, no tourist groups of 10 or more people by appointment. If this is a group where some members are entitled to free entry can continue to enjoy this reduction

Persons under 16 years, the unemployed, the members of ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments), duly accredited, the members of the Association of Museum of Catalonia duly accredited, those professional tour guides, duly accredited, people of formal education teachers accredited by the management of the school in carrying out their work, the press duly accredited professionals, in the exercise of their work, have communicated in writing their visit, people with disability certificate, the host families duly accredited, groups of students (students in the educational system of the general system, from kindergarten to high school, vocational training and through special education teacher) who have reservation (except mNACTEC)

Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona
Plaça del Rei, 5
43003 Tarragona
Tel. (+34) 977236209

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