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Museo Archeologico Nazionale Jatta

Ruvo di Puglia

The Museum

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale Jatta is a very rare example of nineteenth-century private collections whose original museographic concept has remained unchanged. Inside the museum, the architectural design, furnishings and ideas that inspired its building over the course of the 19th century are still visible.

The History

Museo Archeologico Nazionale Jatta

The establishment of the Museum and its additions during the 1800s are closely linked to prominent members of the Jatta family: the brothers Giovanni Sr and Giulio Jatta, who founded the institution, Giulio’s wife, Giulia Viesti and Giulio’s son, Giovanni Jr, author of the “Collection Catalogue” (Naples, 1869).
The unchanged relationship between the contents and their “container”, preserved until today, reflects the cultural climate of the 19th century. The Museum’s contribution to rebuilding the social and civilian history of the city of Ruvo in the 1800s was officially confirmed when it was acquired by the Italian Government with two deeds of purchase, on 19 December 1990 and 10 April 1991, respectively.

The Building

Museo Archeologico Nazionale Jatta - Gli interni

Museo Archeologico Nazionale Jatta - Gli interni

The Museum is housed inside nineteenth-century Palazzo Jatta, located in the historic centre of Ruvo di Puglia.
The exhibition occupies four halls on the ground floor of the building. In fact, the Museum was designed to accommodate a collection of over 2000 archaeological artefacts, thereby turning this into one of Apulia’s richest and most renowned museums.

The Collection

The first hall, in which a Latin inscription commemorates the museum’s founders, displays mostly Peucetian clay pottery decorated with geometric patterns, dating back to the 7th and 6th centuries BC.
The second hall holds about 700 red-figure on black background vases manufactured locally or originating from Greece. Among them, a large krater with masks by the Baltimore Painter dates from the 4th century BC.
The third hall, which houses over four hundred pieces, contains a white marble bust of Giovanni Jatta Jr, one of the Museum’s founders.
The fourth contains the most valuable relics. Here, too, stands a marble bust of Giovanni Jatta Sr, in toga garb. The most important vessel in this room is that of Talos, the giant in charge of protecting the island of Crete.

  • Cratere a mascheroni

    Cratere a mascheroni

    Cratere a mascheroni a figure rosse con rappresentazione di una donna seduta all’interno di un’edicola funeraria (IV sec. a.C.).

  • Phiale


    Phiale apula a figure rosse con rappresentazione di una figura femminile, forse Afrodite, portata in volo da due eroti (IV sec. a.C.).

  • Talos vase

    Talos vase

    Attic red-figure crater illustrating the death of Talos, the bronze giant that, according to Greek mythology, protected the island of Crete (5th century BC).


piazza G. Bovio, 35
70037 Ruvo di Puglia


Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities


No profit/donation museum, gallery


Director: Claudia Lucchese
+39 080 3612848

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Temporarily closed due to reorganisation and renovation

Monday: closed
Tueseday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: closed
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed


piazza G. Bovio, 35
70037 Ruvo di Puglia

How to get here

By car, on the A14 motorway, take the Molfetta or the Trani exit and continue following directions to Ruvo di Puglia; from the SS 16bis road take the Molfetta-Terlizzi exit toward Terlizzi-Ruvo; from the SP 231 road take the Altamura-Ruvo exit and continue toward Ruvo. The Ruvo station is serviced by Ferrovie del Nord Barese (North Bari Province Railway), with direct services from Bari, Barletta or the airport. The nearest airport is Bari "K. Wojtyła"


+39 080 3612848

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The building has no architectural enclosures.
A small section of the museum is dedicated to blind and visually impaired visitors and a film with sign language is available for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.


Small dogs with a muzzle and on a lead are allowed, preferably carried in arms.

Audio guides

Audio guides are available in five languages (Italian, English, French, German and Spanish).