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 with Waste Museum -
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.
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
3:00 - 7:00 pm
Open by appointment Monday to Friday 9:00 am
to 5:00 pm
Umbrella and Parasol Museum - Gignese
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.
Open Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 am to 12:00
03:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Rivarossi Museum of Train Models
- Como [Lombardy]
Localitą Sagnino via Pio XI, 157 - Como, Italy
about 5,000 items from the very first toy trains
present day models. The collection of American models is
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).
open on request
closed Sat. and Sun.
The Pipe Museum - Gavirate (Varese)
via del Chiostro, 1/5 - Gavirate (Varese), Italy
The museum houses in ten rooms about 30,000 pipes from
all over the world.
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.
open on request (April to Oct.)
closed the other months
The Toy and Child Museum - Milano
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.
Tues. to Sun. 9.30-12.30 and 15-18 - on request on Mon.
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
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.
Tue. to Sat. 9-12 and 15-18, Sun. 9-12 and 15-19
The Tapestry Museum - Bologna
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.
Open Tuesday to Sunday
09:00 am to 01:00 pm
Thursdays 03:00 pm to 06:00 pm
The tapestry museum
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)
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.
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)
closed Mon. and
Christmas, Easter, 1st of January, 1st of May, 1st of No
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.
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.
Mon., Wed. and Fri. 10-12
closed the other days
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
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