Museo Etnografico della Torre
Comenduno di Albino

Address:
Via S. Maria, 10 - 24021 Comenduno di Albino
Tel. 035.753710 / Museotorre.comenduno@hotmail.it

Opening times:
Sunday 10.00-12.00

Admission:
Free admission

Tours:
Guided visits upon reservation.



Historical Info

The Museum activity started in 1989, when it was managed by a group of volunteers belonging to the Association for della Torre Thnographic Museum. The collection comprises various tools and objects, which were collected in order not to disperse a cultural heritage that was part of the peasants' life as well as the craftsmen's. It is located in villa Regina Pacis, which was previously owned by the Briolini family (silk manufacturers) and now belongs to the Town Hall, in the spaces that once stored the products delivered by the croppers.
The building has a cornice with floral motifs along the walls.

Exhibition Criteria

Despite the variances that a mountain area can have, the territory of the middle-lower Seriana Valley is homeogeneous and has its own characteristics that make it completely different from the Upper Seriana Valley (North) and from the Plain (South).
The period of interest is the first half of the 20th century, an era that kept a strong continuity with the previous ages but not with the present times; the latter indeed went through the big economic development of the period
after WWII. We decided to document various activities of the peasants and artisans, which at the time represented a large part of the population, even if the textile industry played a bigger role from an economical perspective.
Our visitors are mainly school groups.

The section maize-wheat
Since the diet subject proved to be very popular and given that we already had most of the tools for arranging the objects, on the ground floor an itinerary documenting the sequence maize-wheat from the field to people dinner tables was set up.
The collected materials follow a circular movement, with bound and determined exhibition spaces and with enough space for visitors. The south part of the room includes less imposing tools and documents the different
cultivation stages: manuring, cultivation, seeding, weeding and the earthing up of the growing cereals. The following space, situated in the semi-circular area of the tower, presents the collection of maize and wheat. In the North wall the techniques to treat cereals are documented: dessication and maize hulling, wheat threshing, weighing, milling (a millstone was taken by Fassi mill in Albino) and sieving.
The exhibited materials also highlight the technological evolutions of that period; we exhibited both very simple manual tools and manual machines or complex machines driven by animals. Although the latter were already
used at the beginning of the century by the most prestigious farms, not all the farmers in the valley used them.

First floor exhibitions
The spaces on the first floor of the Museum have been arranged to accommodate the already-existing exhibitions, which used to be too crowded and which comprise the following: a country kitchen and a bedroom, the activity of a shoemaker, a turner, a carpenter, a blacksmith. There is also a space reserved to the cheese factory, the woodcutter and the tower clocks. In the future, these spaces are likely to be renovated as well.

The basement
The two rooms of the Briolini-Regina Pacis basement have been renovated as well.
In the first room a typical country kitchen is reproduced. There are various wine vases and all the tools to turn the grape into wine, some shelves for the maturation of dairy products and a corner for the conservation of potatoes and green chestnuts, the bar hooked on the ceiling for the maturation of salami, moscaröla vine and ollas (ceramic jars) for the conservation of fresh food and of the fats obtained from the butchering. This room takes one back to the past; this feeling is reinforced by the electrical system created by the Town Hall, where insulators and switches are in ceramics.

The second room of the basement is arranged in a different way; besides hosting kitchen tools, it houses educational activities, thanks to which young people can experiment winemaking.


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