Maglio Museo
Ponte Nossa

Via dei Magli, 7 - 24028 Ponte Nossa
Tel. 035.701054 / Fax 035.703631 / -

Opening times:
July and August and for special events (please visit the event page).

Free of charge.
Discounted rates for students.

For single individuals or groups upon reservation.

The book on Nossa and its drop forges by G. Carlo and Valentino Salvoldi is available as well as the book titled "The Drop Forges and waters of Nossa" by M.Rossi e A.Gattiglia An abstract of the chapter of the drop forges; the Museum CD and the brochure are available also.

Historical Info

The Drop Forge Museum is situated in a building, which has been renowned since the 16th century. It is a hydraulic-powered trip hammer used for the production of nails and mining tools as well as for agriculture, for the production of shovels, pickaxes, pitchforks and hoes. The Trip Hammer worked until 1964 and was subsequently restored; since 1985, it has been put in the Museum.
Maglio Museum was erected along one of the shortest rivers in Italy, namely Nossa river. Even though the latter is only five-hundred meters long, it is considered a river for its abundant and constant flow. The valley has aparticular charm and throughout the centuries, the river has created many work opportunities: besides supplyinga washhouse and a small power station, its water drove the vanes of four forges and two mills.

The activity of the trim hammers of Nossa rivers is very ancient, even though its exact origin has not been established yet. It is part of a system that throughout the centuries has always tried to reduce the waste of water.

Exhibition Criteria

The Museum is composed of a main room and three other exhibiting rooms.
Graphic panels clearly show the various construction phases of the tools.
The central room contains the following well-preserved mechanisms: a big hammer whose handle is a trunk, activated by a wood driveshaft, and a heavy millstone; they are activated by two wheels, which are visible from the outside of the building. When the Museum is open, all these mechanisms are activated.

The forge is still running also and the furnace still uses the air coming from the hydro-wind pump powered by a nearby canal.
On the upper floor are a model of a hydro-wind pump, a grindstone and of the whole building; through these models, which were expressely created for blind people, the visitors get a better understanding of how these machines worked and how they were built.

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