The museum is housed in the Baglio Anselmi, a building born at the end of the last century as a wine factory
for the production of "Marsala". The beam consists of buildings open onto a large courtyard. The exhibition spaces of the museum are those of the two stores of the beam, where they were stowed casks. In the courtyard you can see a test excavation has uncovered a tomb, a furnace, and building
structures that document the remarkable attendance area since the fourth century. BC
The museum exhibits the Punic wreck of the ship and tells the story of Lilybaeum and territory historically related to it, from prehistoric to medieval times.
Lilybaeum was founded around 397 BC survivors from the nearby island of Mozia Phoenician, destroyed the Syracusan tyrant Dionysius. It soon became an impregnable military base Carthaginian succeeding, thanks to its impressive fortifications to resist the siege of Dionysus in 368 BC, and that of Pyrrhus in 277 BC During the first Punic War, Carthaginian Lilybaeum formed for the defense base in Sicily against the Romans, who managed to get only following the ratification of the peace treaty in 241 BC. The role of the bridgehead to Africa was maintained during the second Punic War the Carthaginians when they tried in vain to reoccupy.Under Roman rule brought a period of economic prosperity while maintaining its character as a major naval base. Became City Hall in the Augustan age, Lilybaeum was elevated to the rank of colony. In the early fifth century. When the town was devastated by the Vandals, it is documented the presence of a Christian community, having been established at the time of Pope Zosimus, the Diocese of Lilybaeum.
Collections. The museum was created for storage and display of shipwreck Punic (mid-third century BC.) Discovered in 1971 in the sea off Long Island, near Punta Scario, north entrance of the Lagoon Marsala Lagoon. In 1986 it formed part materials from the archaeological excavations conducted by the Superintendency of Lilybaeum Palermo and from 1987 onwards, the Superintendency of Trapani, along with a small group of first finds in the Museo Regional Augustine Pepoli of Trapani and in the Whitaker Museum of Mozia.
The law, at once chronological and topographical, consists in sections where the exposure of artifacts is introduced by panels.
Wreck Room 1 of the Punic ship.
The wreck is that of a sleek ship that features the bottom of the hull on the water line, can be identified as a battle ship, rowing, sank in the middle of the third century BC, coinciding with the battle Egadi which ended the First Punic War in 241 BC The wreck, which we keep the stern and the side wall of the port side, about m. 10 in length, consists of shell on the outside originally covered by foil. In a hypothetical reconstruction, you can define the length of m. 35, the width of m. 4.80, tonnage of 120 tons, with a possible crew of 68 rowers, 34 per side, driving the 17 oars each side. The guidelines and letters of the Phoenician-Punic, engraved and painted on the shell made it possible to know the fast technique of shipbuilding workers Punic known from classical sources (Polybius, Pliny). Are exposed to materials related equipment on board: ceramics miscellaneous pieces of rope, a broom made of branches, twigs of cannabis sativa and a number of ballast stones.
Information panels on the geographical location, history Lilybaeum city and its urban conformation.
- Finds from the area of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo from Mozia and the necropolis of Lilybaeum;
- Plastic and explanatory photographs of Cape Boeo insula (late third century. AD). On display is a golden treasure of the Hellenistic period, found recently in the sea of Marsala.