This museum and its collection have been moved three times in its 135 years history. It’s now located in the Palazzo Zuckerman, commissioned by industrialist Enrico Zuckermann, and built in the early 20th century.
The original museum was founded around 1870 with the donation by Nicola Bottacin, a wealthy merchant, of his entire collection to the city of Padua.
The numismatic collection is one of the most important in the world, with more than 50,000 coins, medals and seals . In addition, there are a number of fine paintings and sculptures, acquired by Bottacin for his Trieste villa.