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Siamese Art Museum "Stefano Cardu"

Siamese Art Museum "Stefano Cardu"

This element belongs to the categories: Collections and permanent exhibitions, Museums

Opening hours:

Winter hours:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (from the 1st of September to the 31st of May)
Summer hours (from the 10th of July to the 31st of August)
10:00 am - 01:00 pm / 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed on Monday.

On December 24th and 31st, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Closed on December 25th and January 1st.

Prices:

FULL PRICE TICKET: 3 euro
REDUCED-PRICE TICKET: 1,50 euro for students up to the age of 26, people over 65 years old, groups of at least 15 people, training schools and tourist guides)
REDUCED-PRICE TICKET FOR CLASSES: 1,50 euro (guided tour included)
ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR GUIDED TOUR: 2 euro per person
FREE TICKET: children under 6 years old, disabled visitors and their companion, journalists, ICOM members and every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm (except for visits to temporary exhibitions)

COMBINED TICKETS (suspended)
(on the occasion of temporary exhibitions)
- 15 euro for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks
- 12 euro (only for residents in the Metropolitan Area of Cagliari) for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks
- 10 euro for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) valid for 2 weeks

(without temporary exhibitions)
- 13 euro for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks
- 10 euro (only for residents in the Metropolitan Area of Cagliari) for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) and the Cultural Sites (Roman Amphitheatre, Crypt of Santa Restituta, Tigellio's Villa and the Viper's Cave) valid for 2 weeks
- 8 euro for the combined ticket including the Civic Museums (Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Former Town Hall, Siamese Art Museum Stefano Cardu) valid for 2 weeks

SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SPECIAL CARDS (suspended)
- Annual subscription to the Civic Museums including admission to all the Civic Museums, guided tours and invitation to the previews of the temporary exhibitions.
Full fare: 120 euro - Reduced fare: 60 euro
- "Civic Museums supporter" fare:
300 euro
- Family ticket for the Civic Museums including admission to all the Civic Museums, guided tours and invitation to the previews of the temporary exhibitions for a family of maximum 5 adults.
Full fare: 150 euro - Reduced fare (families with disabled members): 75 euro

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 Chinese one of the Ming period and the early Quing 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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