Created in 1981 and opened in 1983, thanks to the participation of the City of Carmignano and the Tuscan Superintendant for Archeology and Cultural Heritage, the Artimino Museum first opened in the cellars of the Medici Villa “La Ferdinanda”.
The new museum, located in an old wine cellar inside the city, was inaugurated on March 26, 2011.
The museum illustrates the history of the Etruscan city of Artimino and the surrounding area displaying artifacts that have been found primarily during fifty years of excavations. This area, in fact, from the Orientalizing period of the Etruscan Civilization (VII century B.C.), had an extraordinary economic and cultural development, thanks to its fertile ground and strategic location close to the meeting point of two rivers the Pistoiese Ombrone and Bisenzio in Arno. This allowed Artimino control of the commercial routes that connected Etruria proper to Etruria Padana as well as the northern regions of the Italian penisola.
In 2013 the Archaeological Museum of Artimino “Francesco Nicosia” obtained the recognition of “Museum of regional relevance” from the Tuscany Region. In 2017 the Municipality of Carmignano was recognized by the Tuscany Region for the important recognition of “City of excellence of the Etruscan civilization”.