From Egypt to Pisa. Exhibition at Egyptian Collection

Dall'Egitto a Pisa. Mostra alle Collezioni Egittologiche
Dall'Egitto a Pisa. Mostra alle Collezioni Egittologiche
Collezioni Egittologiche
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The exhibition will be open from February 19 to August 31.

Reservation recommended on the website.

Opening hours:

Tuesday: 9:00 - 13:00
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 18:00
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 18:00
Monday: weekly closure

Edda Bresciani" Egyptological Collections -

Palazzo Mazzarosa - Via S.Frediano, 12 - 56126 Pisa

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On 19 February at 10:30 a.m., at the Aula Magna Nuova of the Sapienza University, there will be a presentation of the exhibition "From Egypt to Pisa: Gaetano Rosellini and his collections" at the Egyptian Collection "Edda Bresciani" (Sistema Museale di Ateneo (SMA), University of Pisa), which marks the sixtieth anniversary of its foundation.

Speakers will include:

Paolo Maria Mancarella, Rector of the University of Pisa
Gianluca De Felice, Secretary General of the Opera della Primaziale Pisana
Pierpaolo Magnani, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Pisa
Paolo Pesciatini, Councillor for Tourism and Integrated Services and Policies with Universities
Salvatore Settis, Academician of the Lincei and professor emeritus of the Scuola Normale Superiore
Marilina Betrò, President of the specialised degree course in Near and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Pisa
Chiara Bodei, President of the University Museum System at the University of Pisa
Flora Silvano, Director of the Egyptological Collections of the University of Pisa
Event information

The event will be held in mixed mode and by booking due to restrictions in force.

Attendance in person is by reservation and subject to possession of a green pass. However, it will be possible to follow the event via live streaming.

Conceived a year after the death of Edda Bresciani, the world-famous Egyptologist who gave her name to the Collections, the exhibition has been organised in collaboration with OPA, Opera Primarziale Pisana, which has loaned the University three precious items from its collection of Egyptian antiquities.

The exhibition offers the opportunity to admire a selection of small, great masterpieces donated to the Opera della Primaziale Pisana by Gaetano Rosellini in 1830, upon his return from the famous "Franco-Tuscan Expedition to Egypt and Nubia" (1828-1829), led by his nephew Ippolito Rosellini together with J.F. Champollion, and in which Gaetano had participated as an engineer and architect.

The unprecedented juxtaposition of these artefacts with those of the Picozzi Collection, donated to the University of Pisa in 1962 by the heirs of Gaetano Rosellini, and on permanent display at the Egyptological Collections, thus makes it possible to bring together parts of a historical heritage that have long been separated.

On the occasion of the exhibition, the rooms of the small museum will have a new look thanks to new colours, new lighting and new display solutions, which will better frame the dialogue between the finds from the Opera della Primaziale Pisana collection and those from the permanent collections.

19 February also marks the reopening to the public of the Egyptological Collections, which have been closed since 11 January for fitting-out works.

On 19 February there will be two guided tours of the Egyptological Collections, with compulsory online booking, at 4pm and 5pm.

Exhibition opening 19 February 2022 at 12:00

Please note that admission is limited due to restrictions.



From March 2022, guided tours will be available, with compulsory online booking, for groups of up to 15 people at a cost of €4 (including the entrance fee).
For visitors entitled to free admission, the cost of the guided tour will be €1.5.

The visits will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in two shifts:

  • from 15:30 to 16:30
  • from 16:30 to 17:30

Punctuality is recommended (in the event of delays, it will not be possible to guarantee the smooth running of the guided tour inside the exhibition rooms).

Admission is limited for security reasons. Without a reservation it is only possible to enter if there is room.

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