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Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Small but fascinating and filled with curiosities

This little museum really gives a picture of what life was once like in Matera. There are other... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
Best, most interesting museum of our trip!

We happened upon the Museo Laboratorio in Matera whilst wandering the amazing streets of Matera... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Istanbul, Turkey
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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...more
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Via San Giovanni Vecchio 60, 75100, Matera, Italy
+39 0835 344057
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Reviewed 5 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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little museum really gives a picture of what life was once like in Matera. There are other caves with original furniture, etc., in the town however this one includes artifacts of all the town's professions, sometimes with photos and interviews from the people themselves....More

1  Thank Mittencloth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened upon the Museo Laboratorio in Matera whilst wandering the amazing streets of Matera. Donato Cascione welcomed us and helped us discover the reality of how peasants lived and worked in the Sassi before the evacuation of the residents there in around 1952. The...More

2  Thank KateSP447
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If, like me, you like museums to be cabinets of curiosities, not over-directed or sterile and slightly eccentric, this is definitely for you. The owners have lovingly collected a cornucopia of artefacts and have a real talent for putting them together in such a way...More

3  Thank alacranguapa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Leave your hotel cave for this look back at what 4-5 generations of one family could have saved from their own caves. And think twice about what you’re piling into a dumpster somewhere else ... save the past for the future!

2  Thank Diana P
Reviewed 17 October 2018

An absolute treasure trove of history. The collection is extensive and incredibly interesting. First impression is a bit overwhelming but it’s incredible how much has been preserved of each of the original trades, including a priest’s room! It also shows a traditional home. Donate is...More

2  Thank LdnTravels
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Set in caves joined together you get a sense of the life lived in the Sassi and of the trades required to support it. Much better than the small caves you pay to go in to see the bed etc. You have to accept that...More

3  Thank Clive M
Reviewed 3 October 2018

It is one man’s collection, but rich and diverse and telling a story that could so easily be lost. Worth a visit along with the other larger and more professional museums in the city.

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We discovered this place just walking around the "Sassi" and we were lucky to be able to speak with the great Donato, the founder of the place. You can really dive into the past of Matera and deeply understand history just by walking through the...More

2  Thank DADO C
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

This fabulous place will take you back in time and you may even recognise an odd thing from your own past. Room upon room of amazing artefacts from days gone by. I have really never seen anything like it in my life. And if you...More

1  Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Rang the bell and the door was opened by Donato who told us about this museum .Paid three euros each and we entered into another time .This is a labyrinth of about thirty connecting rooms which hold all items of everyday life from years gone...More

2  Thank Philmarilyn
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