MUPIC - Museo delle Pietre Coti della Valle Seriana

Via Ronchetti, 29 - 24027 Nembro
Tel. 035.471362 / Fax 035.471343 /

Opening times:
Upon request. A calendar of opening times is being produced.

Free of charge.

Upon request.

In progress.
A whetstone with the Museum logo is given to each visitor.

The document section is being arranged.

Historical Info

The Museum of Whetstones of Seriana Valley was established with the aim of preserving the historical and cultural heritage related to the whetstones. The latter were used to grind and hone the edges of cutting tools, especially of the scythe, whose cutting efficiency was essential for the provision of the annual forage. 
Nembro, Pradalunga and Albino were the best producers of whetstones for centuries. With the mechanization of agriculture in the 19th century this activity, which employed over one-thousand people in the Bergamo area, became marginal.
The Museum is at 29, Rocchetti street, Nembro. Its building used to belong to the Bonorandi family, which owned one of the two whetstone factories in Nembro. The factory remained active until the sixties of last century.
The Museum was inaugurated and open to the public on 23rd December 2007.

Exhibition Criteria

The Museum of Whetstones of Seriana Valley provides its visitors with the possibility to get to know the various stages of the long and difficult whetstone working. This happened in headings stretching for over thousand meters "in the bowels of the mountain". The exhibition itinerary leads the visitors through the quarry and its natural environment as well as through the markets, mostly international, where the "hyper perfect" whetstones were sold.  The itinerary explores the specific techniques which obtained whetstones from quarried flagstones; it also illustrates the finishing, labelling, packaging and dispatching of the whetstones.

Apart from some specific tools, a special mention goes to a big "fitadura", which is an automatic polisher for polishing whetstones, and to some boards showing the stages of stone working and documenting the importance, the antiquity and the geological features of these stones.

A video room has been equipped to allow the visitor to observe how whetstones were used during the traditional haymaking, while an optical device made of two telescopes illustrates the genesis, structure and internal composition of the whetstones.
An educational area has also been arranged; it hosts groups of 20 students. It comprises different sections on rocks. There are also some workshops retracing the stages of stone working; it is possible to utilize microscopes to analyse the stones.

The documentary section is being arranged.

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