The Archaeological Museum of Valle Sabbia represents, for quantity and quality of the preserved artifacts, a unique example of absolute exceptionality for the province of Brescia and beyond. Housed in the historic centre of Gavardo, in an old building adjoining the parish church of Saints Philip and James, it preserves and exhibits the material evidence of human settlements that have inhabited the Valsabbia area and the western area of Lake Garda from the Palaeolithic to Roman civilization. The building that houses it, a parish house dating back to the fifteenth century, has been the subject of significant restoration until 2004, when the museum reached its final configuration. The need to offer the public the results of the latest research and to ensure adequate visibility to the testimonies collected, has solicited new installations, especially for the Lapidarium and for the Roman Hall.
The Grotte Gavardo Group, which founded it in 1956, still supports the Museum’s management in conducting important excavation campaigns, such as the one at the Lucone di Polpenazze pile-dwelling site, which has been on the World Heritage List since 2011.