The main office

The building was erected in 1764 during the papacy of Clement XIII, as is written in the inscription on the door where you enter. Architecturally structured as a fortress, it was used to house the Papal Guard. (comando guarnigione pontificia). Then in 1800 the French troops were station there and later it was assigned as offices for the Italian army.
The building was seriously damaged by bombs during the Second World War, it has been rebuilt and is now used as the main office of the National Archaeological Museum. Collections were transferred here from the former Museo Civico and other archeaologocal finds were added, discovered in excavations in the territory and in the central basin of the port. (bacino portuale).