Siamese Art Museum "Stefano Cardu"

Siamese Art Museum "Stefano Cardu"

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Opening hours:

Winter hours:
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Summer hours (from the 15th of June to the 15th of September)
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Closed on Monday


Entire: €. 2,00
Reduced: € 1,00 (students from 6 to 26 years old)
Free: kids under 6 years old, persons with disabilities and persons over 65 years old.
Free for kids under 6 years old and persons with disabilities

Combined ticket for “Beni Culturali” Cagliari ( Viper's Cave, Elephant Tower, St. Pancras Tower, Tigellio Villa, Crypt of Santa Restituta)and Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum "Stefano Cardu"):
€ 13,00 valid for one week

Provided services:

  • Toilet
  • Facilities for elderly and disabled
It contains many artworks belonging to different Asiatic cultures, but it is identified as a Siamese Art museum, to point out the origin of most artworks.
Siamese Art Museum "Stefano Cardu"

The Siamese Art Museum presents a wide variety of artistic pieces from different Asian cultures . However, it isn't  identified as a " Museum of Oriental Art, " but as " Siamese Art Museum " to highlight that mainly it houses objects from Siam, and it is exactly this feature that makes the collection so unique and peculiar. The history of the museum begins in July 1914 , when the collector Stefano Cardu, who lived for a long time in Siam, sent a letter to the Mayor Ottone Baccaredda, in which  he offered part of his collection, as a gift to Cagliari.
Next to art pieces of religious subject, the museum  exhibits also objects of domestic use, worked in a precious way, which represent an interesting overview about the level of handscraft production  in those places. Statuettes and other ivory objects, mainly date back to the 17th century , worked with  an amazing skill are produced in Japan , as well as the " tsuba " ( iron washers that were used to protect the hand wielding the sword ) , artifacts that reveal a rare art  ability . Among the most notable porcerlaines, we find the Chines one of the Ming period and the early Qing emperors (from 14th  to the 17th  century). A very rare part of the collection consists of the numismatic coins from the 11th  to the last century. A museum's section is also dedicated to arms: a collection of great interest especially for the presence of Siamese weapons, yet little known, which constitute the biggest and significant group.

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