Closed for building restoration:
Upon appointment single individuals or groups may be taken on a partial visits of the museum.
Entrance CHF 5.-/3.-
Renovated after thirty years of activity, the Museum moves between the local and the global. The regional history is documented with a new perspective: The World in the Malcantone, the Malcantone in the World. A small territory in southern Ticino with its own peculiarities and a series of surprising connections with other places and other cultures.
By collecting various types of documents concerning the history and culture of the region’s territory, it essentially wants to contribute to the dissemination of a deeper knowledge of the past and the present of this region. The following are some of the main activities implemented to this end:
The permanent collection, distributed in two larger halls and two smaller ones, occupies the whole ground floor. In the first of the two large halls, that is, in the one dedicated to rural life, there are examples of the activities and lifestyle of the population of Malcantone until about half way through the 20th century: hunting, fishing craftsmanship, sheep farming, wine-growing, different customs and traditions.
The second large hall houses “The Tables of Time”, an original composition of pictures that runs along the walls, in three groups, for a total of 16 metres in length; they are organized according to the principle of synoptic tables: thanks to this lay out, the visitor can really get an idea of how reality has changed in the Malcantone area in time. The four smaller rooms are devoted to such subjects like the home: - the kitchen – the heart of the house -, religion (Malcantone parish churches take turns exhibiting furnishings, sacred vestments and documents) and emigration.
Here, together with architects, town planners and engravers of international fame – let us recall just two names as examples: Domenico Trezzini and Giacomo Mercoli – more humble trades are also illustrated like that of the plaster and the stucco artisan who attended the drawing schools of Curio and Breno or that of the kiln worker, which was one of the commonest trades among seasonal emigrants in Malcantone.
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