Museo Retico (Rhaetian Museum)

Centre for the archaeology and ancient history of the Val di Non - Sanzeno

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The Rhaetian Museum is situated at Casalini, in an area which is particularly significant for the history of archaeology in the Val di Non. Indeed, in the 1920s and 1950s the first important excavations were carried out here, bringing Sanzeno and the Val di Non to the attention of the international scientific community. The building in clearly deconstructionist style, designed by the Trentino architect Sergio Giovanazzi, offers permanent displays relating to the rich local archaeological heritage. There are also video, meeting and conference rooms, spaces for temporary exhibitions, educational activities and laboratories and a branch of the “Pia Laviosa Zambotti” archaeological library in Trento, together with a large external area dedicated to experimental archaeology.

Inside the museum it is also possible to visit the “Ancient Sanzeno” exhibition, which illustrates the history of the archaeological research carried out from the 19th century to the present day. The building is situated at the start of the nature trail leading to the fascinating gorge with the Sanctuary of S. Romedio. 

 The displays wind their way through chronological periods and thematic areas of particular significance, following an evocative itinerary which accompanies the visitor on an imaginary journey through time, from Prehistory to the Early Middle Ages. With the aid of technological and multimedia resources, the museum presents a succession of evidence relating to Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers, the first Neolithic farmers, the metal-workers of the Copper Age and cult places dating back to the Bronze Age. An important role is reserved for evidence regarding the Rhaetian people, known to Roman sources, presenting a wide range of material related to the culture: magnificent artistic items, objects linked to the field of worship, working tools and simple everyday objects. The various stages of Romanisation in the valley are followed, marked by the realisation of statues, rich funeral objects, epigraphic documentation and signs of the new cults coming from the East. Finally, the tragic episode which saw the death of the Anaunia martyrs preceding the definitive establishment of Christianity is recalled.

The evocative and interesting set up of the museum, planned by the Turin architect Maurizio Buffa, the findings brought to light over decades of research or handed over by private individuals following chance discoveries and the images and sounds reproduced come together to create an exciting journey back through time, suspended between the past and the present, rediscovering our roots.

The Rhaetian Museum thus offers itself as an active centre for cultural communications, a valid tool for promoting the ancient history of the area and a meeting place open to local groups, destined to play an important role within the context of cultural and tourist resources in the whole of the Val di Non.


Autonomous Province of Trento

Soprintendenza per i beni culturali

Ufficio beni archeologici


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opening times

4 March - 19 June and 11 September - 31 October Saturday, Sun and public holidays: 14.00-18.00;

20 June - 10 September from Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00-13.00; 14.00-18.00;

Admission ticket: € 3,50, reduced price ticket € 2,50. Free admission: children and young people up to the age of 14; disabled persons and their assistants; groups and students accompanied by their teachers; agr. Trentino Guest Card and Museum Pass.

Guided visits and workshops: € 2

Educational activities and workshops for schools and groups upon booking. Info: - tel. 0461 492161

The reduced price ticket (€ 2,50) is valid for:

  • young people aged 15 - 26;
  • older adults (65 and over) ;
  • groups of visitors with at least 15 persons paying for the ticket;
  • members or museum card holders - see details here:  Card convenzionate Museo Retico.pdf 253,20 kB

Special price for families:

  • Family offer: full price ticket for adults, free admission for children up to the age of 18. 
  • Family Card - Euregio Family Pass holders: 
    • reduced price ticket for a parent accompanying one or more underage children; 
    • reduced price ticket for grandparents accompanying one or more underage children;
    • full price ticket for parent/s accompanying one or more underage children and grandparents. The family unit must enter compactly

Notes on the accessibility to the site

Free admission for visitors with disabilities and their companions (a certificate of invalidity is NOT required). 

It is recommended to inform the staff in advance about the visit of people with disabilities. It is possible to book dedicated guided tours.

The indicated entrance is the access with less barriers – please ask the staff. The building is internally equipped with ramps with different lengths and a maximum slope of 6%. The wheelchair accessible toilets are located on the ground floor: a grab bar is installed on the side of the wc opposite to the one approached.

Information collected by the staff of the Cooperative Handicrea 

organized by Archaeological Heritage Office of the Department for Cultural Heritage