The Civic Museum, now divided into the Civic Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Civic Museum of Art, was created in 1871 as a single museum and has been located in the Palazzo dei Musei (Museums Building) since 1886.
Its founder and first director, Carlo Boni, created a museum that was characterized by an apparent heterogeneity, actually the result of a systematic plan designed to “house and preserve anything that might be of interest to the entire population”. The successive directors, Arsenio Crespellani and Luigi Alberto Gandini, would continue his work, significantly expanding the cultural heritage.
The Museum’s origins are highlighted in the current display arrangement (set up in 1991), which largely maintains the nineteenth century furnishings, recreating a museum style that is today very unique in the Italian and European context.
The creation of the city museum was supported and promoted by a learned middle class who, in an effort to prevent the dispersion of the local archaeological, historical, and artistic heritage in the years immediately following the unification of the country, entrusted the museum, through bequests and donations, with its legacy and the legacy of its time.
Through connections with important international expositions and the nascent European museums of decorative art, in the following decades the museum developed its own didactic mission, creating collections that featured techniques, forms and models of the most varied types and materials.
Largo Porta Sant'Agostino, 337
TUE 9:00 - 12:00
WED 9:00 - 12:00
THU 9:00 - 12:00
FRI 9:00 - 12:00
SAT 10:00 - 13:00 / 16:00- 19:00
SUN 10:00 - 13:00 / 16:00- 19:00
MON - FRI 7:30 - 19:30
SAT 8:00 - 19:30
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