History of our collection
The history of Civic Museum of Nepi begins in the 1980’s with the foundation of a deposit for cultural heritages.
The first collection of archeological finds from Nepi’s territory dates back to the 1980’s, when the municipal administration, by request of the local Archeoclub branch, founded a “cultural heritages deposit” in order to preserve archeological finds which could have been lost or smuggled.
In 1992 "Soprintendenza Archeologica per l'Etruria Meridionale" offices, in cooperation with the Municipality of Nepi, realized the “Nepi’s Necropolis” exhibition. At the end of the exhibition, some of the archeological finds returned to the State storehouses and others contributed to the formation of the first set-up of the Civic Museum of Nepi, which is open regularly to the public since June 1995 and located inside the Sala Nobile of the Municipal Palace of Nepi. At the beginning of 1996 the museum exhibition was moved temporarily in the subterranean rooms of the Municipal Palace and in this period the museum set-up was enriched with several ceramic and stony archeological finds recovered inside the Borgia’s Castle in Nepi.
In 2003 a new scientific set-up project was developed by the museum’s direction in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Archeologica offices. Accordingly, the Municipality of Nepi started the renovation works of wide spaces inside an historical palace adjacent the Municipal Palace. Thanks to the collaboration with Regione Lazio and Provincia di Viterbo, after a long period of items reorganisation and the return of archeological finds from Nepi’s Necropolis and the Saint Savinilla’s Catacomb, the new museum location was finally inaugurated in spring 2014.