Thursday, February 9, 2017


1939/42 Massimo Castellazzi (1901/77), Pietro Morresi (1898/1982) e Annibale Vitellozzi (1902/90)
Built in the same period of the other three buildings arranged symmetrically around the square
National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
The museum was founded from the Italian Ethnography Exhibition, held in Rome in 1911 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Unification of Italy
The exhibition was coordinated by the ethnologist LAMBERTO LORIA, who in 1906 had founded the Ethnographic Museum in Florence
He collected over 30,000 objects for the exhibition in 1911, with the help of assistants, teachers and local scholars, who were active in the various regions. The collections of objects were locked in crates, were deposited during those years in the basements of various museums and finally ended up at Villa d'Este in Tivoli
Only April 20, 1956 the museum was inaugurated in this building
The walls of the main hall are decorated with frescoes painted by different artists (Varagnolo, Colao, Bertoletti, Cavalli, Cascella, Guberti, Amato, BarillĂ  and others), representing scenes of family life, seafaring and farming, festivals, games and ceremonies
It is the only state museum in Italy with specific expertise in the field of ANTHROPOLOGY
It contains over 100,000 documents related to the world of popular culture: a unique collection, unrepeatable today
Most objects date back to the period between the late 1800s and early 1900s, but some wooden artifacts date back to the eighteenth or the first half of the nineteenth century
ELEVEN ROOMS each dedicated to a particular aspect of popular culture:
Transport systems
Peasant labor
Work of shepherds
Hunting and fishing communities
Signs of trades
Housing and domestic space
Rituals and family life
Rituals and feasts
Musical Instruments
Shows and games on the road
Popular clothing and jewelry
In addition, historical photographic archive and photo library for the material collected before and after 1956, tape library for sound documents, archive of visual anthropology with visual and multimedia material, office inventory, library with about 12,000 volumes, restoration workshop, photographic laboratory and audiovisual laboratory

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