PARC Museum

The PARC museum is equipped with a large educational laboratory and offers a wide range of activities for schools and families

Archaeological and Paleontological Museum and Educational Laboratory

The PARC museum, Paleo Archeo Centro, is a newly designed museum that is dynamic and closely related to its surrounding area. A place for understanding paleontological and archaeological phenomena, their importance in our cultural formation and their use in practical life. Education, collaboration with schools and the university, laboratory activities-these are all fundamental goals of P.AR.C.'s museum activities. The PARC museum is divided into three sections:

  • Paleontology - With fossils from the territory.
  • Archaeological - With the reproduction of the Nuragic Well.
  • Didactics - Educational workshop for schools and families

The sections of the PARC Museum

Paleontological Section

In the paleontology section of the PARC museum, general paleontology and geology concepts necessary for knowledge of the earth's history are explained. This section displays the collection of fossils from the area. All the pieces are restored and classified by the Cagliari Department of Earth Sciences and the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Sassari and Nuoro. The paleontological tour begins in front of two sandstone blocks rich in sea urchins: Clypeaster with the typical discoidal bell shape, Scutelle and Parascutelle, also sea urchins but with the flattened discoidal shape, and bivalve shells. The introduction to the fossil exhibit is narrated by an explanatory panel on fossilization mechanisms accompanied by illustrated examples in the adjacent display case. Continuing on we come to the giant picture depicting the Duidduru Geosite, flanked by a diorama on the life of the organisms we find in the fossil state today. The showcases are arranged by family, and a small lithological section illustrates the most common rocks we can find in nature.

Archaeological section of the museum

In the archaeological section of the PARC museum, Nuragic, Punic and Roman discoveries in the area are recounted. A model of the top of Santu Antine hill with a reconstruction of the Roman church, Punic fortifications, nuraghe and the deepest well of Nuragic origin in Sardinia can be seen. Completing this wing of the museum is a 1:1 diorama of the bottom of the well and reproductions of the artifacts found inside. In the archaeological section of the museum, it is possible to see the inside of the Santu Antine nuragic well thanks to videos and it is, in addition, possible to simulate flight over the Jars thanks to state-of-the-art visors.

Educational laboratory

The educational workshop for schools and families where theory is transformed into practice. It occupies a large room in the museum and is equipped with boxes and materials for simulating paleontological and archaeological excavation, films describing the work of the archaeologist and paleontologist. Part of the space is dedicated to manual activity for making casts, paper reproductions and studying minerals. The laboratory is also equipped with the scientific tools for cleaning and preserving fossils, such as: scalpels, hammers, chisels, micro-incisors and fixing products. Three scientific microscopes on real lab benches make the environment even more impressive. The spaces are equipped with a projector, television and video recorder, Internet connection, and a computer or camera video projection system can be set up. The P.AR.C. Provides teaching aids, worksheets and documentary materials.

Institutional section

The commitment
P.AR.C.’s commitment. is expressed in the investment of resources and energy in the search for opportunities and languages aimed at a dialogue with the societies of its territory, presenting the scientific evidence of the area, both archaeological and paleontological. In this sense, the museum identifies museum education, seen as a dynamic system of communication and learning, as a resource and medium.
The museum identifies the dimension of cultural restitution as the value of its
operativeness. Restitution in terms of active participation in the culture and growth of the place in which the Museum resides in order to position itself, true to its thematic and museum-like nature, as a hub of social interest stimulating reflections on the quality of life, a driving force behind initiatives aimed at education and dialogue on issues of knowledge, identity, diversity and belonging.

The action
The P.AR.C. addresses all citizens indiscriminately in order to:
– Contribute to the development of the local community and its area;
– participate, to the extent of its competence, in the events and projects of civil and cultural growth of its social reality;
– contribute to that reflection on the quality of life that arises from an awareness of the inescapable relationship between memory, cultural-historical identity and science;
– To contribute to the development of culture in general and reading, with special attention toward childhood;
The Museum also pays special attention to the values of social encounter, the recovery of a proper relationship between consumption, resource exploitation and manual skills, and knowledge of history as a guarantee for the realization of perspectives on the individual and collective future.
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To achieve these goals, the museum considers:
– the “quality orientation” of its services and organization as an ethical, deontological and public accountability commitment;
– attention to the public gaze and participation as a determining aspect of planning and operation;
– user rights as an indispensable element of cultural and organizational action;
– facilitation of access to knowledge, communication and information as an expression of the value of the museum as a public quality service;
– respect for the environment and the dissemination of good environmental management practices.

Museum Visitor’s Bill of Rights and Services.

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This museum user’s charter of services and rights is inspired by the definition of a museum given in Legislative Decree. n. 41 of January 22, 2004 so-called “New Cultural Heritage Code” art.101, paragraph 2: “museum” a permanent structure that acquires, preserves, orders and exhibits cultural goods for the purpose of education and study. Every museum combines the duty of preservation with the mission of making it possible for the public to enjoy the cultural goods preserved there for educational, recreational, and public enjoyment. (Article 102, Legislative Decree No. 41, January 22, 2004).
The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities has issued a “Guideline Act on Technical and Scientific Criteria and Standards for the Operation and Development of Museums” (Legislative Decree 112/98 in Art. 3 c.g; Ministerial Decree May 10, 2001) where VIII areas of museum operation are identified along with related minimum requirements and standars. In Scope VII, the museum’s relationship with the public is defined. The museum’s duty to ensure adequate services to the public, established by the standards translates into corresponding rights of the visitor who enjoys the cultural goods preserved in the museum.
This charter of services and user rights is also based on the indications from the Autonomous Region of Sardinia in Regional Law No. 14 of 20/09/2006 “Norms on cultural heritage, institutes and places of culture,” and in the quality objectives for museums contained in the “Guidelines for the recognition of museums and museum collections” approved by G.R. Resolution No. 36 of 27/07/2005 (henceforth “Guidelines”) and those of ICOM (International Council of Museums) in the definition of museum and code of ethics
The Visitor’s Bill of Rights underscores the fundamental and necessary relationship between the Museum and its public by making explicit and clearly stated the services and related levels of quality on which the Museum is committed to its users, in accordance with the relevant law
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To protect, investigate, preserve, enhance, expose to the public and promote the knowledge of the identity, ethnographic heritage of the area of competence, the knowledge and care of the horse in general and the Giara horse in particular as well as the collection of ethnographic artifacts preserved in the Museum.
The Museum fulfills this “mission” as:
1. exhibition venue of Archaeological, fossiliferous collections and teaching laboratory;
2. venue for scientific research activities focusing on the Museum’s heritage and the
historical and scientific evidence of the area and promotion of culture;
3. Contribute to the development of culture in general and reading, with special attention toward childhood;
4. venue for cultural, training and educational activities that cater to different groups of users through seminars, conferences, “internships” and training courses, thematic lectures, guided tours. The school is a privileged user of it;
5. In its many activities, it also makes use of the collaboration of Italian and foreign universities and research institutes, local authorities and Cultural Associations operating in the area.

– The P.AR.C is based in the locality of Santu Antine, sn, 08030, Genoni (OR), a building owned by the municipality of Genoni, which is protected under the current legislation on cultural heritage.
– Its collections are public cultural assets owned by or under concession to the Municipality of Genoni.
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– The P.AR.C, a permanent, nonprofit body. The Museum is governed in its operation by the Bylaws and any internal rules and/or regulations.
– Bodies of the museum are regulated and described in the bylaws of the approved by the city administration resolution of 18/10/2013

The museum is accessible:
– By public transportation that has a stop near Rome Street
– By private means, in the immediate vicinity of the museum

– Public spaces are adapted for access by disabled visitors with the removal of architectural barriers and dedicated toilet facilities
– Safe exit routes are identified and clearly marked
– Safety systems are in place for property and people

– there are floor and room orientation plans at the entrance, indicating exhibition routes and signaling restrooms
– captions and panels are provided to identify the works

Compatible with the human resources made available, the Museum is committed to extending its opening hours as much as possible, ensuring that it is open for 25 hours per week, including Saturdays and Sundays and major holidays.
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Summer visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Monday and Tuesday closed but can be visited by appointment. During winter, the afternoon opening and closing are brought forward by one hour.

There is a charge for access: full ticket cost: € 3.50
Reduced ticket: € 2.50 for all EU youth aged between 18 and 25 years old
Free admission for:
European Union citizens under 18 and over 65, schoolchildren and their accompanying persons.
For exemptions or reductions for particular professional categories or days and initiatives defined from time to time by the Ministry, ask at the ticket office.
Ticket office: open during museum visiting hours
Information: tel.+39 339 16 76 863
E-mail: coopgiunone@yahoo.it

– ADDITIONAL SERVICES are present. They organize guided tours of the Museum for schoolchildren and groups, including in English.
– An EDUCATIONAL SERVICE is activated that develops projects and initiatives for the promotion and enhancement of the museum’s heritage and the local area in collaboration with schools, local authorities, the University and cultural volunteer associations.

– Photographic or filmed reproduction of cultural property exhibited in the Museum without payment of charges is allowed only for strictly personal use and with non-professional instruments (see Regulations implementing Law No. 4/93; Legislative Decree No. 41 Jan. 22, 2004, Articles 107-109).
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– However, reproduction must be authorized; therefore, visitors who wish to take photos or amateur footage of the exhibits must fill out the appropriate form to be requested from the managing body at the ticket office.
– Any other type of reproduction is subject to payment of a fee stipulated in the ministerial fee schedule for each type of reproduction.
– Applications for permission to reproduce photographs or film footage of exhibits for other than strictly personal purposes may be submitted to the Museum’s Secretariat Office.

– A Register of Suggestions and Complaints is available to the public at the ticket office, which is reviewed by the management;
– Questionnaires are periodically submitted to visitors to assess their enjoyment of the services offered and take suggestions;
– There is a commitment to preserve and protect the cultural heritage on display, to have it usable over time;
– Visitors are therefore asked to cooperate in this effort:
1. respecting the exhibits without touching, soiling, altering or damaging them;
2. maintaining a behavior during the visit that does not disturb other visitors, speaking softly and moving slowly from one environment to another;
3. not smoking in the Museum;
4. turning off cell phones near security installations;
5. complying with the regulations for photographic shooting.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, by reservation, workshops can be held every day of the year.

Absolutely. However, we suggest workshops on recycling for younger children and workshops on paleontology and archaeology for older children.

Yes, souvenirs suitable for children can be purchased.

The educational workshop lasts about 2 hours.

A visit to a museum about 45 minutes.

All sites about 6 hours

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