Opened in 1995 by Wanda Ferragamo and her family, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum was designed to show the public the history of the brand’s founder and his creations – footwear viewed by museums and experts worldwide as no less than works of art. Eleven years on from its inauguration in 1995, the Museum is being enlarged and moved down to the pillared, cross-vaulted basement, in parts of the building that still show its mediaeval origin.
The shoes, displayed on a bi-annual rotation, are chosen each time according to specific themes that deal with new issues and allow for new fields of inquiry. The shoes, all works of refined craftsmanship, their design and materials, unveil the mind of an artist who was always in touch with the cultural mood of the time. Salvatore often searched for and found ideas, inspiration and collaboration with the leading artists of his day. Similarly, the museum arranges exibitions of its own historical collection with the partecipation of contemporary artists, and promotes and hosts exhibitions and events linked to art and culture.
The museum is accessible to wheelchair users.