The Obsidian Museum is dedicated entirely to the volcanic glass and the use mankind has made of it for cutting tools, arrowheads and scrapers. The Monte Arci is one of the main sources for obsidian and was widely traded in the western Mediterranean in prehistoric times.
The Obsidian museum at Pau is a small but very educational museum entirely dedicated to the volcanic glass and the use men made of it in prehistoric times. The first part of the museum shows obsidian from all around the world, ranging from Australia to north America. The second part shows not only the obsidian of the Monte Arci but also the various stages of the technique used by prehistoric men to obtain cutting tools and arrow heads from the precious glass.
A visit to the museum can be perfectly combined with hiking in the area of the Monte Arci, a guided excursion on the mountain or a visit to the geological museum of Masullas.
Address: Via San Giorgio 8, Pau
Tel: 0783 934011
Openingtimes: april through october 10:00 -12:00 and 16:00 - 19:00 wednesday through sunday. From november through march 10.00-12.00 and 15:00 - 18:00 wednesday through sunday.
Prices: Euro 4,00 (Euro 6,00 in combination with the Geomuseo at Masullas; reduced fare Euro 3,00 (Euro 4,00 in combination with the Geomuseo at Masullas)
Website: Museo dell'Ossidiana
Guided tours are possible
The information has been updated for 2018 but prices and opening hours may vary.