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Museo dello Spazzacamino di Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy

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Museo dello Spazzacamino di Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy

Museo dello Spazzacamino di Santa Maria Maggiore

The museum tells, through an installation of materials, music, sounds and sensations, the hard experience of the chimney sweep, which has marked the life of the Vigezzo Valley for centuries. The first ever chimney sweepers were the Vigezzini, who we find around Europe in the first half of the 1500s. The contribution of children has always been decisive in this profession, who, with their slender stature, managed to slip on the hoods and to ensure accurate work with the rasp and the brush. The phenomenon of the "little rusca", the chimney sweep children, involved, especially in the decades between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, most of the families from Vigezzo, forced to "rent" at least one of their children to the "owners". Hundreds of children aged six or seven found themselves doing the season (from September to April) and spending Christmas away from home, among the fumes, the frost and the mists of the plain or "low", a term with which they indicated their working area. The parents subjected their children to this hard experience in order to have one less mouth to feed during the long winter. It was, that of the little rusca, a life of hardships, deprivations and sufferings since their masters, with rare exceptions, were cruel and did not spare mistreatment. The phenomenon of small rusca was exhausted between 1940 and 1950 with the disappearance of fireplaces, replaced by stoves and modern heating systems.

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Associazione Musei d'Ossola
Museo dello Spazzacamino di Santa Maria Maggiore

Villa Antonia
28857, Santa Maria Maggiore

Opening hours

    MON: Closed

    TUE: 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00 

    WEN: 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00 

    THU: 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00 

    FRY: 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00 

    SAT: 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00 

    SUN: 10:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00 

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