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The Don Luigi Bonacoscia Ethnological Museum of the Apuan Alps

In Massa, a permanent exhibition showcases objects that document the culture of the Lunigiana

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The museum is located in two buildings near the Madonna degli Oliveti Sanctuary: one building was restructured in 2002, and the other is separated by a courtyard, in which large stone objects and industrial vehicles are displayed.The museum displays objects that are important in the popular culture of the coastal area of the Lunigiana. Its aim is to promote and educate future generations on the traditions and culture of the area. Established in 1980 by priest Luigi Bonacoscia and by the “Movimento di umanesimo sociale per la nobilità del lavoro umano”, the museum became the “Ethnological Museum of the Apuan Alps” in 1985. In 2002 it became the “Don Luigi Bonacoscia Ethnological Museum of the Apuan Alps”.

The first building contains 32 sections that display a wide range of objects from the following areas: chalk cast moldings and marble objects, ceramics, textiles, typography, shoemaking tools, medical instruments and emergency kits, laundry, haymaking, agriculture, chestnut production, cellar foods, kitchen and other household objects, games, stoves, machines, transport, industrial machines and so forth. One section is dedicated to grapes and wine making.The second building is not open to the public at the moment because it is under renovation. However, it also displays objects, including stoves, agricultural transport vehicles and equipment, iron working, woodworking, marble working, stone products to name a few.

Initially, the museum collection was exclusively made up of the Masnata collection, which gathered over 300 objects from Lunigiana beginning in the post-WWI era and another 100 other items from the Social Humanist Movement. However, this collection was enlarged thanks to research done by Don Luigi Bonacoscia in the province of Massa Carrara, the Versilia and the Garfagnana.

Opening Hours:
Every morning by appointment only; every afternoon, from 4pm to 6:30pm.

Ticket Price:
Full 5€; reduced 3€ (for groups with a guide).

Disabled Access:
Full access to the disabled.

via Uliveti 81
Tel.: 0585252644; cell. 3385433989
E-mail: museoetnologicoapuane@fastwebnet.it
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