The Palaeontological Museum in Asti holds the complete collection of fossils of cetaceans that inhabited the Monferrato area in the Miocene to Pliocene period.
It may seem impossible, but 5 million years ago, the Po Valley was occupied by the sea.
A warm, tropical sea, rich in fish and shells.
The Fossil Museum preserves the finds discovered in the Asti area and, thanks to its rich collection, bears direct witness to one of the most important geo-palaeontological events of the last 25 million years.
Palaeontological Museum of Asti: tickets and tour route
The Palaeontological Museum is housed in the Palazzo del Michelerio, a former monastery dating back to the mid-16th century.
The visit begins in the room next to the ticket office, which hosts temporary exhibitions.
At the moment, the exhibition ‘Leviathan and the Sirens‘ is on show.
With this exhibition, one goes on a voyage of discovery of the ancient sea of the Po Valley.
There is an interesting video reconstructing the discovery of the sperm whale in Vigliano in 1929 and addressing the issues for the conservation of the species.
At the end of the visit, you will be accompanied to the entrance of the museum proper where the reconstruction of the jaws of a megalodon with its huge, sharp teeth will welcome you!
The tour takes you past shell fossils, coral fossils and cetacean fossils.
There are also skeletal remains of dolphins and whales from the Pliocene era.
Among the rarest finds, the Camerano Casasco dolphin deserves a mention, and the Tersilla whale, the oldest in the Mediterranean.
At the end of the exhibition tour, you can take a look at the prehistoric aquarium, where you can see starfish and corals that populated the Po Valley sea 25 million years ago.
The Fossil Museum in Asti: Tickets
The entrance ticket to the Fossil Museum, including a visit to the temporary exhibition, is €7.00 for adults, free for children.
It can be purchased directly at the ticket office.
If you wish, there is the possibility of participating in a guided tour, which must be booked in advance.
You can write an e-mail to [email protected] or call 39 0141 592091.
The fee in this case is €10.00.
Palaeontological Museum of Asti: Tickets and tour route. Opening hours
The Palaeontological Museum of Asti is located in Corso Vittorio Alfieri, 381.
Opening hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays until 6:00 pm. Tuesday closed.
Information for visiting with children
Palaeontological Museum of Asti is barrier-free and therefore accessible for pushchairs.
The visit is really interesting even for a child.
The indicated age could be from 6 years onwards, but younger children will certainly enjoy it too.
Our 4-year-old daughter enjoyed being able to touch some fossils and was fascinated by the video game in the temporary exhibition room, sitting on cute shark-shaped chairs.