Light on the new Salinas museum
ABSTRACT – In 2016, after years of work, four major Italian archaeological museums reopened (totally or partially) to the public. In April the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria – where recently only the Riace Bronzes were visible – placed the totality of its collections on display. In July the Archaeological museum of Taranto completed a lengthy renovation and opened its entire second floor to the public (artifacts from Prehistory to the Hellenistic age). Again in July, after four years of work, the Archaeological museum of Palermo ‘Antonino Salinas’ reopened its lavish ground floor where the Selinunte treasures are displayed. Last but not least, the Archaeological museum of Naples opened two sections: in June, a section dedicated to the Oriental Cults in Campania and, in October, its most important Egyptian Collection. These have been truly crucial events for the Italian archaeological community and for the whole country. Archeostorie asked historian and archaeologist Flavia Frisone to describe the new Salinas Museum and how the citizens of Palermo welcomed its opening. Frisone describes how, with its new layout, the Salinas has transformed the old and dark rooms of the historic building in which it is housed – the Convent of the Filippini Fathers in Palermo – into a truly modern and luminous space.