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The Museo Archeologico Nazionale tells a chronological history of the island through art and artifacts. Here, you'll see bronze figurines, or bronzetti, that date back to 1800 B.C., towering sandstone sculptures (referred to as the Giganti di Mont'e Prama) created by the Nuragic civilization, Roman-era busts, and more. Although this museum is one of five establishments grouped together at the Cittadella dei Musei, experts say if you're short on time, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale is the one to visit.

Visitors to the museum say that the exhibits on the mysterious Nuragic culture are particularly interesting, and they warn that most – but not all – of the exhibit descriptions are translated into English.

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale is located on the Piazza dell'Arsenale in southern Sardinia's Cagliari (the island's capital), and it's open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the museum costs 7 euros (about $8.25). For more information, visit the museum's website.

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