Art and minerals, crafts and nature
Discover every detail on the manufacturing and nature of alabaster
A mineral, alabaster, and a city, Volterra. Closely tied together, the people and the environment have brought to life this precious mineral, which represents a key element of life in this strip of Tuscany.
The ecomuseum tells this story and displays its sculptures explaining how one goes from the extraction of the raw material to these delicate artefacts, and how they’ve been at the center of a thriving business.
The museum brings the visitors back in time, following the history of this precious rock and of Volterra’s community. Extraction, processing, trading, from the Etruscans to the present day, all set up and explained in the Minucci medieval tower.
Discover the past of our area, from the Etruscans’ period up to today, through the different stages of alabaster-manufacturing at the Ecomuseum of Alabaster.
OPENING HOURS AND TICKETS
Opening times Ecomuseo dell’Alabastro - Ecomuseum of Alabaster
from 25th January 2021:
daily from 10:00 a.m. until 04:30 p.m.
|Reduced (Boys 6-12, over 60, Coop and TCI):||6,00€|
|Adult groups (min 15 pax):||6,00€|
Volterra Card rates
|Family (up to 2 adults with a maximum of 3 minors):||20,00€|
|Reduced (university students with ID, boys 6-18, over 65, Coop members, FAI, TCI and groups of adults min 6 pax):||10,00€|
|Groups (min 10 pax - guide free):||10,00€|
|Children up to 6 years old, residents of the Municipality of Volterra, disabled and carers, teachers and companions of school groups, licensed tour guides, journalists, ICOM members||FREE|
|NEW OFFER: Discounts for families that book an accommodation in and around Volterra (within the Municipal district) Discounts valid for the whole calendar year)||10,00€|
A long history of a precious game of light
From the Etruscans to the present day
The Ecomuseum of Alabaster is an environmental museum exploring the center of the production and trade of alabaster, which is Volterra, and its old tradition in this sector.
The documentation center set up in the medieval tower Minucci is a unique “Museum of Commercial Archeology” that explores the time between the Etruscans today. It goes through the processes of sourcing the rock, its quality, the styles and models used by the sculptors, its trade and the travelers who, especially in the 19th century, spread the knowledge on alabaster in the world, producing a big economic turnout for the city and its hinterland.
Volterra is home to a huge heritage in alabaster sculptures, and the Ecomuseum represents a connecting point within the alabaster-route that includes other hubs such as the Guarnacci Museum, full of information and knowledge on the Etruscan period, and Palazzo Viti, a historical home that offers an extraordinary insight into the city’s past with alabaster.
The Minucci tower is set up in a diachronic way, which means it follows the progress of time, starting in the Etruscans’ time and arriving to today.