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The visit is allowed only previous telephone appointment.
The museum , located near Bonaria's shrine and the convent of Mercedari's order, contains the testimonies of the ancient history of Bonaria hill and the faithfuls' devotion to Our Lady of sailors. The exhibition space consists of three rooms and the cloister corridor.
Corridor : In the corridor are exposed votive pictures (XVIII- XIX century) and various other votive offerings including thousands of silver hearts and the wooden box that contained the statue of the Madonna.
First room : in the first room, there are some archeological evidences of the Hill, which was inhabited since Nuragic period. It was the site of a late- Punic and Roman necropolis .
Second room : in the second room are exposed several models of ships (about 150 ) of all ages, a silver anchor offered by Queen Margaret in 1899 as thanksgiving for the success of the polar expedition of his nephew, Luigi degli Abruzzi and some mummies from the noble Spanish family of Alagon , died because of the plague in 1605 , which surviving among the limestone rock under the chancel of the sanctuary where they had been buried .
Third room : in the third room there is the treasure , consisting of precious decors, votive offerings donated by kings , such as gold crowns of Vittorio Emanuele I and Maria Theresa, by popes and other famous people . Several ex-votos as weapons , chains and ostrich eggs (a symbol of resurrection) , were donated by the slaves, freed by Mercedars , actively engaged in the work of redemption .