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Unique Museums of Interest In Italy

From Bolzano to Syracuse, Italy has more than a handful of museums that are truly extraordinary. The next time you visit, make your experience unique by visiting one of the following museums. These museums are special treasures specific to interesting finds and artifacts, art and collections. In these examples, you will find museums that feature articles such as knives, miniature trains, umbrellas and much more…

 
 

"R come..." Knowing and Playing

Torino [Piedmont]

Umbrella and Parasol Museum

Gignese [Piedmont]

Rivarossi Museum of Train Models

Como [Lombardy]

The Pipe Museum

Gavirate (Varese) [Lombardy]

The Toy and Child Museum

Milano [Lombardy]

The Climbing Boot Museum

 Montebelluna (Treviso) [Veneto]

The Tapestry Museum

Bologna [Emilia-Romagna]

The Paper and Watermark Museum

Fabriano (Ancona) [Marches]

Historical Museum of Medical Art

Roma 

 
 

"R come..." Knowing and Playing with Waste Museum - Torino [Piedmont]   

Parco Michelotti, c.so Casale, 5 - Torino, Italy

An interactive and multimedia museum that focuses on the environment, parks, and how garbage is sometimes used as art.

Notes:
The museum consists of 1,000 square metres of games, multimedia, and interactive experiments on an unusual subject - the waste. Housed in the modern Science and Technology Park, it deals with environment, pollution, disposal, recycling, separate collection of rubbish, energy as well as technologies, discoveries, materials, enterprises and workers, all interwined in a persuasive cross-disciplinary presentation. It is a lab of environmental education also including, on request, scientific demonstrations.

Opening Hours:
Sundays 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Open by appointment Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closing days:
every Saturday

 

Umbrella and Parasol Museum - Gignese [Piedmont]           

 Via Golf Panorama, 2 - 28836 Gignese (Verbania) , Italy
 The only museum in the world dedicated to these objects, there are more than a thousand various accessories from the 18th century.

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 am to 12:00
03:00 pm to 06:00 pm


Closing days:
every Monday


Web Site:

www.gignese.it/museo

 

Rivarossi Museum of Train Models - Como [Lombardy]  

Localitą Sagnino via Pio XI, 157 - Como, Italy
 
Notes:
It displays about 5,000 items from the very first toy trains
to the present day models. The collection of American models is particularly interesting.

The museum is located in the Riva & Rossi plant and contains all the train models ever produced by the famous Italian company (established in 1945).

Opening Hours:
open on request

Closing days:
closed Sat. and Sun.

Web Site:
   
www.placesonline.com 

 

The Pipe Museum - Gavirate (Varese) [Lombardy]            

via del Chiostro, 1/5 - Gavirate (Varese), Italy
 The museum houses in ten rooms about 30,000 pipes from all over the world.

Notes:
Re
markable exhibits: the Tyrolean briar pipes, those from Central America, the baroque pipes and the pre-Columbian ones. It also displays documentation on the handicraft techniques (tools and equipment for pipe-making). The museum includes a collection of posters, photos, postcards, books and magazines relating to this topic.
Opening Hours:
open on request (April to Oct.)

Closing days:
closed the other months

Admission free

Web Site:

www.vareselandoftourism.it

 

The Toy and Child Museum - Milano [Lombardy]    

via Pitteri, 56 - Milano, Italy

The museum illustrates the history of toys displaying a collection of more than 1,500 items, from the 18th century to the 1950s.

Opening Hours:
Tues. to Sun. 9.30-12.30 and 15-18 - on request on Mon.

Closing days:

Web Site:
museo giocattolo

Notes:
The museum tour has been divided into different topics: girl toys, war toys, toys inspired by theatre and circus; Italian toys and wooden toys. Remarkable exhibits: a 18th-century swinging horseman, the reconstruction of a classroom in De Amicis's style, fully decorated with period furniture and school fittings, and ten works by Antonio Rubino (the founder of the Corriere dei Piccoli)

 

The Climbing Boot Museum - Montebelluna (Treviso) [Veneto]  

Villa Zuccareda Binetti, vicolo Zuccareda, 5 - Montebelluna (Treviso), Italy

This unusual museum illustrates the history of mountaineering boots from the 19th century up to the "state-of-the-art" items; it also displays dummies and shoemaker's tools. It is housed in the 16th-century villa of the Zuccareda Counts.

Opening Hours:
Tue. to Sat. 9-12 and 15-18, Sun. 9-12 and 15-19

Closing days:
every Monday

Web Site:
 

 www.wildsnow.com

 

The Tapestry Museum - Bologna [Emilia-Romagna]    

VILLA SPADA Via di Casaglia, 3 - 40135 Bologna, Italy

A museum which holds an extraordinary collection of fabrics, as well as a library and restoration laboratory that can be visited.

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday to Sunday
09:00 am to 01:00 pm
Thursdays 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Closing days:
every Monday
Web Site:

The tapestry museum

Notes:
The museum displays textiles from all over the world: laces and embroidery; trimmings; church vestments; costumes; as well as looms and tools used by upholsterers. The display is arranged according to the categories. A computer system, now being set up, will allow an easy retrieval of information on every single piece

 

The Paper and Watermark Museum - Fabriano (Ancona) [Marches]   

Complesso di S. Domenico, l.go Fratelli Spacca, 2 - Fabriano (Ancona), Italy

Thia museum, located in a former Dominican Monastery (1300), illustrates the history of the first paper mill in Medieval Europe and collects valuable and ordinary paper samples, punches, tools and presses.

Opening Hours:
Tues. to Sat. 10-18; Sun. 10-12 and 14-17 (from 1/10 to 31/3), 10-12 and 16-19 (from 1/4 to 30/9)

Closing days:
closed Mon. and Christmas, Easter, 1st of January, 1st of May, 1st of No

Notes:
On display also the equipment for pulp-making. Papermakers give practical demonstrations on how to produce watermarks on paper. The museum includes two interesting collections: the Zonghi collection of 13th to 16th-century watermarks and the collection of 13th to 16th-century Fabriano paper trademarks.

www.museodellacarta.com

 

Historical Museum of Medical Art - Roma [Latium]       

Lungotevere in Sassia, 3 - Roma, Italy

The museum is considered to be the meomorial of medicine, pharmacology, and chemistry.

Opening Hours:
Mon., Wed. and Fri. 10-12
Closing days:
closed the other days
Web Site:
 
www.abcroma.com/musei

Notes:
It is divided into 9 rooms, the largest of which is the Alessandrina room presenting the anatomical tables painted by Paolo Mascagni (1752-1815) portraying the lymphatic system and the oil paintings by Guglielmo Riva (1627-1677) portraying the chyliferous system, the liver, and brain. The Flaiani room displays numerous anatomical preparations kept in formalin presenting skeleton alterations, pieces of pathological anatomy, and calculi of various sizes. Besides, on display are the waxworks, kept in fine walnut cases, by sculptor G. B. Manfredini; among them are some obstetrical preparations illustrating the various positions of the foetus in the uterus. The Capparoni room gathers a collection of Roman and Etruscan votive offerings, a collection of surgical instruments (from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance until the 19th-century), and a number of portable pharmacies dating back to the Renaissance. The Carbonelli room keeps a collection of trepans, amputation saws, and ophthalmological instruments. The reproduction of an old pharmacy, as well as that of a 17th-century alchemic laboratory are also particularly interesting.

 

 
    
 

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