Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina

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Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina

Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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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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dsella
Ra'anana, Israel380 contributions
Couples
A walk into history with hundreds of articles from different periods. You can get a real feel of life .
This is a small museum with a huge story and worth while supporting.
Written 13 March 2022
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Stacey W
1 contribution
Family
The Museum was created to ensure the most authentic and poetic atmosphere associated with the Sassi people. This was a true experience that our family will always associate with our visit to Matera.
Written 19 July 2021
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Mary M
Gilbert, Arizona4 contributions
Couples
The highlight of our day! Pieces of history that tell the story of a people, place and time that should never be forgotten. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience!
Written 23 June 2021
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Paulina
2 contributions
Great place to visit. The collection is quite big and it is very interesting. the owner is very nice and he will give more information if you are interested. highly recommended when visiting Matera
Written 8 September 2020
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liane1227
Montreal, Canada2 contributions
Our visit to the Museo Laboratorio was an absolute highlight for us. The former residence, now museum, has an other worldly aura about it. Walking through the rooms, filled with tools and objects from a far gone era, one is transported back and given a sense as to how unimaginably hard life used to be. As we marvelled at the carefully treated displays, Donato was there to enrich our experience. With a mixture of Italian and Spanish he was able to communicate how this was his family's home, that these were his roots. Donato explained how he transformed this property into a museum because much of this hard labor hardly exists anymore. We were honored that he took the time to introduce us to his family, now memorialized in photos hanging on the walls. The folk music and the English translation that accompanied us through the various rooms also added to our visit.
A deeply personal and meaningful experience that has forever changed us. Thank you, Donato!
Written 23 February 2020
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alwaysforthebest
Epsom, UK5 contributions
An hidden gem, you don't want to miss this. You'll find inside hundreds of period objects and tools, organised in sections that show how life in the Sassi went on. It's a great place for children to understand a lost civilisation. You might want to buy (for a very reasonable price) a book written by the owner, where you can read accounts and memories from those who lived in the Sassi. It's available in English as well as in Italian and bilingual edition and it makes a very interesting read, for kids too.

Imperdibile. Una gemma nascosta, frutto della passione del proprietario. Raccoglie centinaia di oggetti d'epoca, organizzati in diverse sezioni, per dare l'idea di quella che era la vita nei Sassi. Molto interessante anche per i bambini. Bellissimo il libro del gentilissimo proprietario, che raccoglie testimonianze di vita e scorci dell'epoca. Disponibile anche in versione bilingue italiano/inglese.
Written 12 January 2020
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Alex Bradbury
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This museum is a very interesting look at daily life for people of Matera. It is put together with thought and care. There is at least one other museum of a similar theme but this one is by far superior! Don’t miss it!
Written 30 October 2019
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Mariangela D.
3 contributions
Friends
The best museum in Matera! It truly depicts the everyday life of the Matera citizens from the ancient times! I would surely recommend it to everyone!
Written 20 October 2019
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Jane S
Edinburgh, UK57 contributions
Couples
This wonderful museum was a snip at 3 euro each. With different areas covering various aspects of living and working within the caves and hundreds of photographs and artefacts to look at this was a highlight of my trip to Matera. I even felt compelled to have a dance with my husband to the music that was playing in one area.
Written 18 October 2019
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Lucy H
London, UK36 contributions
Couples
Just off the Via Fiorentini (the Main Street at the bottom of the Sassi) is this extraordinary cavernous Matera style palazzo. It shows how families lived and worked with lots of information in Italian and English. The cave rooms go back and back and include a huge cistern and bedrooms. Fascinating. My favourite was the little room showing ‘invisible professions’ .....mourners, midwife, hairdresser etc.
But linger a while and talk to the man who has set it all up... Donato Cascione, writer and poet. He grew up here and will sell you your ticket. He is the spirit of the place. His book ‘Tales from the Museum’ is accompanying me through my exploration of Matera, infusing this place with magic and a sense of its extraordinary history.
Thank you Donato.
Written 11 October 2019
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Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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