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Tamo Museum – All The Adventure of Mosaic

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Entirely dedicated to mosaic, of which Ravenna is one of the world capitals, the TAMO MUSEUM – ALL THE ADVENTURE OF MOSAIC offers a comprehensive journey in the history of this ancient art.

Tamo is not just a museum strictly speaking, but rather a fascinating journey. It takes you to wonder and get to know this ancient, thousand-year old art.

The Church of San Nicolò

The monumental complex of the Church of San Nicolò, just a few metres away from the Classense Library, has been hosting the museum since 2012.

Built around the second half of the 13th century on a former eighth-century old oratory, the building has undergone a series of works, changing even its intended use over time. In 1866 the church was deconsecrated; in 1921 it became a military garage; and lastly, in 1983, it became a municipal property.

The Mosaic collection

The museum displays many excellent finds, which are part of the mosaic heritage of Ravenna and its territory.

They range from antique to modern and contemporary artworks, including finds of Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and even some samples of industrial mosaic.

The exhibition is extremely innovative and features interactive, multimedia and scenographic settings, further enhanced by models, work tools, materials, animated reconstructions, and advanced technological solutions.

Furthermore, the museum has a permanent exhibition room entitled “Il Genio delle Acque” (The Spirit of Waters). The room houses mosaic floors of a Roman domus of the imperial age, recovered during the renovation works carried out in Ravenna, in Piazza Anita Garibaldi.

Mosaics between Hell and Heaven

Among the many collections on display, a special mention goes to the section of the museum with works dedicated to Dante.

The room counts 21 panels—some even of large size—commissioned in 1965 by the Municipality of Ravenna, on the occasion of Dante’s 7th birth centenary.

A number of famous Italian artists of the 20th century (such as Purificato, Cantatore, Gentilini, Mattioli, Ruffini, Morigi Berti, Sassu and Saetti) created on carton the works, which were translated into mosaic by expert craftsmen of Ravenna, among them Libera Musiani, Giuseppe Salietti, Santo Spartà, Sergio Cicognani and Renato Signorini.

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THE MOSAIC “THE SPIRIT OF WATERS”

In 2011, during the construction of a recycling depot in piazza Anita Garibaldi (in Ravenna), some mosaic floors of an ancient domus (built in the first century a.D. and in use until the third century) came to light. The domus was in a peripheral area in relation to the core of the Roman city, which was just a few metres away from the ancient coastline.

Archaeologists came on site and were immediately struck by the bearded figure that embellished a corner of the mosaic floor: it looked just like a fluvial god. For this reason, from that moment onwards, that face became “The Spirit of Waters”, and the domus became “The Domus of the Spirit of Waters”.

The recovery of those finds, which are on display at the Tamo Museum, led to a new chapter of urban expansion in Ravenna, giving a cross-section of the history of this area, which from the early Imperial Period touches all the epochs up to the High Middle Ages.

Further information

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am – 2pm

COVID-19: INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Access to the monument is allowed only on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Green Pass) or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities (or negative test result performed in the last 48 hours), compulsory for everyone over the age of 12.

For further information, see: Covid-19 updates: information for tourists

Closing time

The museum is closed on Saturday and Sunday

Entrance fee

Ticket: €4
Concession (students, ICOM members, accompanying person of people with disabilities), groups with min. 15 persons: €3

Combined ticket (Rasponi Crypt + Domus of the Stone Carpets + Tamo): €7

Guided tour for groups: €60 up to 20 persons, then +€3 for each person

Advanced booking is highly recommended on: info.ravennantica.it

Free of charge

Children (under 6 years old); journalists; people with disabilities; RavennAntica Friends, Italian tour guides; group leaders; Mibact members; servicepersons

How to get there

The museum is in the city centre, within a Limited Traffic Area (ZTL – Zona a Traffico Limitato).

On foot or bike: the museum can be easily reached on foot or bike from the railway station (about 1.2 km).

By car: near the museum are several car parking lots. See the map HERE.

By bus: bus stop at 50 m. from the museum, in Piazza Caduti della Libertà.

Accessibility

The museum is accessible to people with disabilities

A cura della Redazione Locale
E-mail: turismo@comune.ravenna.it

Last edit:1 October 2021

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