Museo della Valle

Via Mazzini, 3 - 24019 Zogno
Tel. 0345.91473 / Fax 0345.50866 /

Opening times:
From Tuesday to Sunday
9.00-12.00 / 14.00-17.00
Closing day: Monday.

Admission fee.
Discounted rates.

Guided visits upon reservation and upon payment.

Brochures, educational material, publications.

Historical Info

Doctor Vittorio Polli is the man who had the idea of establishing an ethnographic Museum dedicated to Brembana Valley. He was born in Zogno, in the current Museum palace, and has always collected everyday life objects and tools with the purpose of conserving them. Friends and acquaintances were involved in Doctor Poli's research, cleaning and restauration works. The Museum, officially set up in 1976, was inaugurated in 1979. In 1982 in Stockholm, it was awarded the title of "Best European Museum of the year 1981". In 1986 it was recognised at "Moral Institution" by the Lombardy Region. It was given its current name in December 1999.
The Museum can also boast interesting editorial activities mainly including  ethnographic publications. In order to keep its strong links with the territory, the institution promotes an intense cultural activity.

Exhibition Criteria

The building Museum spans three floors and dates back to the 17th century; its orginal structure was restored. The itinerary begins on the groundfloor with a room dedicated to iron processing, which is one of the oldest traditions in Brembana Valley. In this space are an enormous bellow and objects used in the house or in the fields, in the saddleries or in the workshops.

On the first floor is a typical kitchen and in the following room is a bedrom. Room 5 is dedicated to agriculture, while room 6 presents the interiors of a mountain hut. Room 7 displays the shoemarker workspace, with the bench ("cavra") for clog manufacturing and the workspace of the pork butcher, where one of the most important events of the year, that is the killing of the pork and the production of sausages for the winter season, is commemorated. In order to relax after such a hard working day, men used to go to the inn (room 8), where they could drink and play cards, darts and draughts.The objects of room 9 and 10 are evocative of old professions (sweep, chestnut collection) or of professions which have undergone significant transformations (woodcutter, carpenter, knife-grinder). Room 11 features weaving activities, clocks made in Miragolo, different kinds of lamps realised by Serina crafsmen. In room 12, which is dedicated to folk religiosity, are some ex voto and some rattles used to communicate the beginning of the service on Easter eve, when bells were still tied.
On the ground floor, the courtyard is reserved to summer concerts. It exhibits some means of transportation as well as some farming machines.

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