This site is situated upon the acropolis of Chieti, the highest part of the ancient city, from where the northern slopes of the Majella can be seen.
The area was levelled in the middle of the 18th century to create a drill ground, later converted into a sports field. During the last two decades of the 19th s it was archaeologically investigated and this long research unearthed the remains of a sanctuary (2nd century B.C.) - that included three temples - and the lowest part of an amphitheatre (1st century A.D.).
The building was designed by the abruzzese architect Ettore de Lellis and was inaugurated on 18 November 2000 with the aim of protecting, enhancing and making available to the public the temples, the amphitheatre and the findings recovered there. Furthermore the artifacts from the collection of the erudite Vincenzo Zecca, from the Antiquarium Teatino and from the archaeological research carried out in Chieti and in the Marrucini region are hosted here too. The vast timescale covered goes from the Palaeolithic to the 1800s.
From the outside, approaching the museum, the visitor will see a modern structure that exploits large spaces on different levels. It has an intentional non-monumental impact and offers an enjoyable combination between old and new.
Once inside, the visitor can choose from three different itineraries, called “The beginning of the urban history”, “From Roman times to yesterday” and “The land of the Marrucini”.