An extraordinary beautiful natural outlook, a suggestive archaeological area in the core of the Sinis Peninsula, that exposes towards the sea: it is the old city of Tharros, in San Giovanni di Sinis, nearby Cabras (Oristano). One of the most important places of the whole Mediterranean, famous among visitors and researchers, because it is a big point of interest. Walking on the streets and the ruins of this Phoenician-Punical city (VIII century b.C.) we find several votive and funerary tokens: 2 necropolis and a tophet, the typical sanctuary of those cultures.

Most of the ruins are from the ancient Romans like thermal baths, the Castellum Aquae (a tank distributing water to the city) and the Cardo Maximum (old Roman paved road). This city was inhabited until the half of the XI century a.D. when, after being too much exposed to the Saracenic attacks, it became completely abandoned to let Aristiane, now Oristano, rise.


This museum is an attempt to build a connection between the little cultural village of the inner Sardinia, Mamoiada world-wide famous for its traditional masks, Mamuthones and Issohadores, and the Mediterranean regions, that use masks during the Carnival feast. The main point of interest of the museum are the different ways of masking, among which the most popular are facial wooden grotesque masks, ram and sheep pelts, cowbells and instrument capable of producing terrible noises. It was once believed that those masks would be a useful prevention to bad-year’s woths. For this reason, in spite of their horrible aspect, they all were more than welcomed to the houses, through food and beverage offering. Starting from the Mamuthones and Issohadores masks the museum offers a wide exposition of revivals from different Mediterranean locations, showing us how close they are to each other.