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Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo

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Address: via delle Caserme, 24, Pescara, Italy
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+39 085 451 0026

The museum follows the story of mankind in Abruzzo, from man's first...

The museum follows the story of mankind in Abruzzo, from man's first appearance as a Palaeolithic hunter. It highlights the contribution made by 9 italic tribes from Abruzzo and Molise to the making of Rome, thus giving the name "Italy" to the entire peninsula. A brief summary illustrates how much of their past has been handed down to us in terms of customs, beliefs, places of worship, products, objects, manners.

The central theme of the museum, organized into 16 huge display rooms, is the concept of continuity, everlasting culture, illustrated via a fascinating, educational exhibition, equipped with multimedia facilities and digitally assisted audio guide available in many languages. The museum, is one of the most original and innovative within the field of Antropology in Italy.

The Museum of the Abruzzi People is located in the historical centre of Pescara, inside the old Bourbon barracks building. The floor where the permanent collection is housed was built as barracks in the 18th Century, on the basement that belonged to Pescara's 15th Century fortress.

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Our tour guide led us to this lovely museum on a side street in Pescara. It's in an old building which was once used as a jail but has been renovated. There were several rooms... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Amherst, NY
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Interesting to visit and especially good to kill a couple of hours on a rainy day. Lots of history about the region and culture of the area. Audio guide wasn't brilliant as it was quite hard to follow but got better as we progressed. Access isn't fantastic by car but there are spaces if you can figure out the Italian... More 

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Amherst, NY
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Our tour guide led us to this lovely museum on a side street in Pescara. It's in an old building which was once used as a jail but has been renovated. There were several rooms with displays of the customs, dress, food, crafts, art work, and housing of the people of Abruzzo from ancient times. It was arranged well and... More 

Thank MrsKaydee
Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

Cute museum in old town, great place to learn about Abruzzo people and culture. The photo display of the faces of Abruzzo was very interesting.

Thank Lisa W
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2015

Beautifully presented, interesting and set in the old part of Pescara. Not far from Gabrielle d'Annunzio's House. A feast of architecture and art in the area.

Thank Crln2015
Pescara, Italy
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Reviewed 26 February 2015

This museum is quite modern and uses multimedia solutions and original interior design to tell the peculiarities of the region to its visitors. It's not too big and mostly focuses on local rural life of the last century Dresses and earrings collections are among everyone's favourite. I would like more urban life to be included in the exposition

2 Thank juliaok_pescara
New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

This is a nice way to spend an hour or so while in Pescara. admission also gets you a free audio guide, and I recommend taking it. you will learn about the region and it's people, and their history.

6 Thank Bob C
Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Very charming atmosphere to discover past times. It's like travelling in old times. It worths a visit.

1 Thank Hornelson
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

You can find various artifacts of early settlers and some reconstructions of what life was like in Abruzzo until a few decades ago. Unless you have something better to do, I would skip this one.

1 Thank ColleenCo
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

This is nice to visit as you have all the history of the people of Abruzzo. You are offered a narration device but it does not give you the correct description of the rooms. I preferred to read the information on each display.

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Reviewed 12 March 2006

A great deal of information concerning life in Abruzzo 100 or more years ago. Put it on your schedule! ----

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