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Tamo Museum – All The Adventure of Mosaic

Via Nicolò Rondinelli, 2 - Ravenna
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Entirely dedicated to mosaic, of which Ravenna is one of the world capitals, the TAMO MUSEUM offers a comprehensive journey in the history of this ancient art.

Tamo is not just a museum in the strict sense, 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 8th-century old oratory, the building has undergone a series of works that even changed 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 (lit. the Spirit of Waters, see focus).

The room houses mosaic floors of a Roman domus of the imperial age, recovered during 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 the 7th centenary of Dante’s birth.

The works, realized on carton by Italian artists (such as Purificato, Cantatore, Gentilini, Mattioli, Ruffini, Morigi Berti, Sassu and Saetti) 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 “THE SPIRIT OF WATERS” MOSAIC

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 1st century AD and in use until the 3rd 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 on site 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 Il Genio delle Acque (lit. the Spirit of Waters), and the domus became “Domus del Genio delle Acque”.

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

Until 27th November
From Monday to Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
Sundays: 10 am – 5 pm

From 28th November to 8th January
From Monday to Sunday: 9 am – 2 pm

Closing time

From June 6th the museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Entrance fee

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

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

For info and school reservations: 0544 213371 (from Monday to Friday 9 am – 1 pm). Email: lara@ravennantica.org

Free of charge

Children (under 6 ); journalists; disabled people; RavennAntica Friends, Italian tour guides; group leaders; Mibact members; Romagna Visit Card.

Accessibility

The museum is accessible to disabled people.

How to get there

The museum is located in the city centre, within a Limited Traffic Zone.

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

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

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

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

Last edit:11 November 2022

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