The State Museum – San Marino is a tourist attraction in the city that visitors are encouraged to see during their trip here if only to learn more about the history of the Republic of San Marino.
Once you are inside however, you will marvel at the various collections the museum houses.
State Museum – San Marino is located Palazzo Pergamo Belluzi, Piazetta del Titano 1 – San Marino.
The Federico Fellini International Airport in Rimini is the closest airport to San Marino. From here, you can take a bus that will directly drive you to San Marino.
There are about 9 bus routes a day that travel to San Marino so you can easily catch one once you arrive at the airport.
The ride will take about forty-five minutes.
Since San Marino is a small city, you can easily walk to the State Museum – San Marino once you alight from your bus. As a matter of fact, the best way to explore the rest of the city is on foot since the streets are rather narrow that cars are not allowed on most of them.
What to See
Artifacts from archeological digs are among the most interesting pieces in the museum.
These date as far back as the Neolithic Period and the Middle Ages.
You can also view works of art dating back to the seventeenth century from the Clarisse Convent; paintings and sculptures of famous artists native to the Republic of San Marino as well as coins and medals from the country minted between the years 1865 and 1938.
Finally, there are archeological relics of Etruscan, Egyptian and Roman origins that were given to the republic.
The State Museum – San Marino was founded during the latter half of the nineteenth century. This was made possible by numerous contributions of several countries from all across the globe.
The original home of the museum was in Palazzo Valloni and it opened to the public in the year 1899. It was later transferred to its present location and was opened to the public some time in March of 2001.
Relics, paintings and other artifacts housed in the museum date as far back as 1865, the year that initial purchases of items for the museum began and contributions started pouring in.
Tickets to enter the State Museum – San Marino are at €3.00 per person. However, groups of at least twenty-five persons are given a fifty percent discount so you will only be paying €1.50 per person.
There are likewise discounts given to those who will be visiting more than one museum in San Marino.
For instance, for tickets to enter both the State Museum – San Marino and the Government Building, these cost only €4.50; for the First Tower and Second Tower, entry tickets for both are at €4.50 also.
On the other hand, if you are visiting with persons with disabilities and children under 6 years of age; tickets are for free for your entire group.
The State Museum is open from 8 in the morning and 8 in the evening from March 20 up to September 20; and from 8:50 in the morning up to 5 in the afternoon from September 21 up to March 19.
On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the State Museum will be closed for the entire day while on November 2; the museum is closed in the afternoon.