NATIONAL ARCHEOLOGIC MUSEUM
It is located on Via Santeramo. It is the most important state museum of the territory. It was founded in 1964 by the will of Altamura ABMC (Archive Library Museum), it was then handed on to the State in 1987. Its realization was made possible thanks to the extraordinary commitment of Fabio Perinei, a known local political figure, who died a few years ago. On the first floor of the museum the evolution of the people of the Alta Murgia is documented: from the Lamalunga field (site of the Archaic Man’s discovery) to the Neolithic village of Malerba. There is also a section dedicated to the early medieval site of Belmonte, where you can admire exhibits of the highest value
THE ARCHIVE LIBRARY MUSEUM.
Located in the large Piazza Zanardelli, within the complex that houses the classical high school “Cagnazzi”, it is flanked by the imposing church of San Domenico. Strongly wanted in the 60s, by Count Sabini Celio, it is now the most important cultural center of the city. You will find here a rich archival heritage that counts medieval parchments and books of great historical value and a library of thousands of volumes, consulted daily by students and scholars for their research.
THE ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM OF ALTA MURGIA
It finds its origin in the Museum of Rural Civilization. It was founded in 1980 by Pietro Locapo. The museum heritage consists of one thousand objects, related to a period between the last decades of the1800 and the 1950s. The museum offers the visitor a trip in rural and pastoral civilization of the Alta Murgia. There are many objects, divided by category, from those of the agricultural and pastoral sector to those of domestic life and the crafts and trades world.
THE MUSEUM OF PRINTING ART “PORTOGHESE”
The Portoghese Printing Firm, founded in 1891 and closed in 2000, retains the printing machines dating back to more than a century, the platen press, ancient paper cutters, and a rich collection of printing plates (municipal coats of arms, symbols of political parties for ballot papers, etc.) and a collection of movable wooden and lead letters. The museum was opened in 2010 and today carries out interesting educational activities aimed at the restoration of the ancient art of printing.