Museo Civico di Chiusi

The Civic Museum at Chiusi

The museum is divided into three sections: the Labyrinth, Productive Activities, and Epigraphy


The three sections of Chiusi's Civic Museum are part of PAUTAC, the Urban Archeological Park of the Territory and Environment of Chiusi, which has been a part of the cultural and tourism fabric of Chiusi for more than 15 years. The museum path begins with the “Labyrinth” where, through didactic panels, photographs, reconstructions and interactive objects, recounts the myth of King Porsenna, with a focus on his presumed Mausoleum and the treasure hidden there at the heart of a series of underground passages which form the legendary labyrinth.

The section dedicated to “Productive Activities” exhibits agricultural machines relevant to the economy of the Lake from the 19th and 20th centuries. The section begins in underground rooms which bears witness to the reuse of the basement as a cellar where visitors find ceramics from the kitchen and dining hall in a reconstruction of an Etruscan banquet. The “Epigraphic” area, created in 2004 before the other two parts of the Museum, is the only exhibit in Italy which is wholly dedicated to Etruscan funerary inscriptions. More than 500 artifacts, from funerary urns to tiles, with inscriptions that wind along 140 meters of underground passages that wind beneath the historic enter of Chiusi.


Source: Province of Siena

On the border with Umbria, in a tranquil and relaxing countryside, sits the ancient city of Chiusi, which according to Roman sources was one of the first and most important Etruscan cities: the historian Servius stated that it was founded by either the hero Clusius, son of Tyrrhenus, the prince of Lydia – who according to Herodotus led the migration that established the Etruscan community – ...