Museo Civico Etnografico Alta Valle Brembrana

Via Torre, 1 - 24010 Valtorta
Tel. 0345.87713 / Fax 0345.20808 /

Opening times:
- August: every day
9.30-12.00 / 15.00-18.00
- From September to July: please contact the attendant at: 0345.87847
Closing day: Monday.

Admission fee.
Discounted rates available.

Guided visits with groups and school groups upon reservation.

Monographic material

Cenni storici

The Museum comprises a section dedicated to agriculture, one to milk production and one to numerous handicraft activities; in all these sections the working places and the interiors are reproduced faithfully. A proper space is assigned to different religious aspects as well.
A wood door leads to an ample porch ( ""àndec""), where the following is exhibited on the floor or along the walls:
tools for farming, sheep and cattle farming, sylviculture, as well as fox, chamois, roe traps and a fish pot.
Highlights are the big foot-powered grindstone, a corn grinder and a fan for cereal cleaning.

On the ground floor are some finds related to wine growing and wine making. The typical quadrangular fireplace (""stua"") is situated at the centre of the cobblestone floor and shares space with the furnishing and the kitchenware (that is how old houses used to be arranged in Valtorta), the shoemaker's workshop, the dairy farming (""casera"") for the production of milk and dairy products.

The principal floor (piano nobile), which is furnished with chest-benches, frescoes recovered in local farmsteads and cabins and sacred furnishings, leads to three rooms exhibiting some home life furnishings, including a wide kitchen-living room with a chimney, a tailor laboratory with sewing and tailoring tools and a bedroom.

The corridor of the upper floor houses the carpenter tools and the workshop furnishings. Iron production is attested by various objects placed in a wide hall. Near the storage area is the room dedicated to wool, hemp and linen weaving.

The drop forge mill, the sawmill, the forges and the mines
The Museum itinerary continues with the visit of the buildings of the mill, drop forge, sawmill as well as the remains of a forge. The mill was reconstructed at the edges of Marcia Valley. A few years ago the iron processing complex was annexed to it as well as the mill, including its corn and barley grinders, and the old forge for nail production. They are all located on the banks of the Stabina torrent, along the old mull track, near Costa and Scasletto quarters.

From 2007, apart from the mill at the entrance of the village, it is possible to visit the sawmill, which was entirely restructured and is still running.
Close to the Caravino torrent, in the Frer hamlet, it is possible to visit the remains of the mines as well.

Last but not least, the furnace (""la calchera"") in which lime was produced by firing tombstone materials is located near the new power station, before Fornonuovo hamlet.

Criteri espositivi - Itinerario di visita

The Civic Ethnographic Museum of Alta Valle Brembana was established and developed with a specific purpose: the rediscovery and conservation of the past.
The Museum explores a culture based on material signs (places, houses, furniture, furnishings, frescoes, and working tools) but above all on the values which are lost nowadays: daily hard work, intelligence and patience,
genuine faith, simplicity and sobriety.

The idea of such Museum originated in the seventies thanks to Valtorta Mayor, Pietro Busi, and the priest Angelo Longaretti. They found hundreds of objects from different ages in various attics and basements. The House of the magistrate's court was chosen to host the Museum; the Town Hall acquired and renovated it to this purpose.

Since then the Ethnographic Museum has become the centre of a museum network that spans all historic places of the territory, including della Torre Church, whose precious frescoes adorn its walls, the mural paintings at the
crossroads of old mule tracks, the external frescoes, the mill, the grindstone, the mines, the forges and the sawmill (which in the past used to dominate much of the local economy) and the clock tower.

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