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Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina

Via San Giovanni Vecchio 60, 75100, Matera, Italy
+39 0835 344057
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Nice Museum, clean and well kept and charming

This little museum doesn't have a whole lot but it is very well kept and clean. Its worth a quick... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
San Jose, California
A must-see for a window into old Matera

I visited this museum in June 2017 with my American family and Italian grandfather and considered... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Julianna A
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A restored XVI century building with court located in via San Giovanni Vecchio 60 (Sasso Barisano) is the home of the 500 m2 large Museo Laboratorio della Civiltà Contadina (Museum-Workshop of the Peasant Culture). The exhibition rooms are dedicated to the ancient trades related to the work in the fields but also to all the other handicraft activities carried on in the ancient quarters of Matera: sieve-maker, tanner, shepherd, basket-maker, cavamonti, shoe-shiner, barber, cabinet-maker, mastro d'ascia, blacksmith, tailor, conciapiatti, potter, knife-grinder, saddler, coppersmith, cobbler, peasant, scalpellino. Also, various every-day tools are exposed: farm tools, equipment for storage and processing of wheat, weaving equipment. Other rooms are dedicated to daily-life places - such as the public wine cellar and the typical house - and themes related to the South-Italy history such as brigandage, childhood condition and water-harvesting. The Museo-Laboratorio aims to be a dynamic structure among the tourism products of Matera and a reference for the development of the culture of the past through exhibition and educational activities.
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Via San Giovanni Vecchio 60, 75100, Matera, Italy
+39 0835 344057
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

This little museum doesn't have a whole lot but it is very well kept and clean. Its worth a quick visit if you have some time and want to learn a little about Matera while you're there.

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

I visited this museum in June 2017 with my American family and Italian grandfather and considered it one of the highlights of our time in Matera. There were so many artifacts of everyday life and it was amazing to see such full displays of items...More

2  Thank Julianna A
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

This fascinating museum contains thousands of artefacts collected by the owner which provide a great insight into the hard life lived in Matera by the people who worked on the land long before it became the attractive tourist town it is today. We had a...More

3  Thank Penelope D
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

This is a great way for you to get an understanding of Materan life and culture - recommend you visit before you launch into Matera itself. All of the objects on display are original and authentic.

1  Thank Brian D
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

I went with my family in April and we happened upon this museum. The guide gave us an amazing tour of the facility providing us exhaustive and detailed information about what was Life in Matera decades ago. I totally recommended it as something to see...More

1  Thank Riley B
Reviewed 5 July 2016

This museum holds an amazing collection of art effects and antiques from the people from the Sassi, and displays how the lives were lived in the caves during the past centuries. It is an astonishing walk through a cave, carved into the rock and filled...More

4  Thank Ryon Lindberg J
Reviewed 7 January 2016

The rich material culture of the residents of Matera has been collected in this museum. Whether you are interested in pottery repair, digging a new house in the tufo, playing music, cooking, weaving, growing food, leather work or any of the other occupations in traditional...More

Thank Josiah C
Reviewed 17 November 2015

This is a small idiosyncratic museum, established by an enthusiastic collector, Donato Cascione. We found it after reading the book of memoirs "Tales from the Musuem" (which is also highly recommended). We were fortunate to be the only ones in the museo at the time...More

2  Thank candi2008
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

This is an outstanding collection of artefacts from peasant culture and the "makers" of the past. This venue takes time to fully appreciate, and I thoroughly recommend the curators book - which is a collection of "peasant" memories, experiences and examples of everyday living. This...More

5  Thank Rob M
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Wonderful window into the past! amazing really, you get a true sense of life as it was lived, in a simple gracious display of elements in situ.

2  Thank Murri99
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