Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee

Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee, Mamoiada: Hours, Address, Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee

Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee
4.5
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
About
The museum evolved with the intention of creating a cultural link between the cultural universe of the small town of Mamoiada, which is known throughout the world for its traditional masks, the "Mamuthones" and "Issohadores", and other Mediterranean areas, wich display a similar history and culture through their masks and Carnival celebration.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Jude W
Leverett, MA66 contributions
First rate small museum
Feb. 2020
Found this small museum to be just wonderful. We have had many poor experiences in Sardinia with poor and boring signage and little to no accommodation for non-speakers, and also many places whose websites offered incorrect information. All the more reason why this place was a delight!!! The introductory video was excellent (though I think we sat too close for the three screens to work well) and said n English for us. We used the audio guides in English throughout the rest of the museum which were very well done and clear to follow. Much to learn and all fascinating. Grazie!
Written 9 February 2020
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Colm K
Caprino Veronese, Italy101 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jun. 2019 • Couples
It's a very small museum which, thanks to the excellent guide takes on an unexpected significance. One would have associated the masks with carnival but as the young lady explains, they are based upon an ancient and deep-rooted proud culture.
Written 6 July 2019
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Christopher T
Eustis, FL249 contributions
Impressive and memorable
Sep. 2018 • Couples
We drove out of our way to visit Mamoiada and we are so happy that we did. This mountain town has a certain inexpressible vibe. The museum is the best way to understand the intimate connection between the seasons, the terrain, and the mamuthones. You will be group with others of similar language, to watch a 15 minute movie, and then you can move freely about the exhibits. The movie was an excellent introduction to the rhythm and traditions. I wish the exhibits had more detail and information on the local tradition of mamuthones and issohadores. I would've enjoyed much more reading material. However, you can get close to a lot of masks and masquerades. The room of other European masquerade traditions was a nice addition. Definitely a must-do if you are in the Nuoro region. The whole experience had a big impact on both of us.
Written 21 September 2018
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Yvonne D
Gran Canaria, Spain49 contributions
Great Museum, impressed
Jul. 2018 • Friends
We visited this Museum in july and were impressed by the beautifull costumes and history! Also we looked at a film in english which was very educating.
Written 29 August 2018
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Typam
Paris, France906 contributions
Excellent museum
Jul. 2018 • Friends
You should go out of your way to visit this excellent museum. After a 15 minute video presentation, the guide will explain the importance of these masks and costumes in the local traditions , pagan fertility rituals and interesting danses to wake the earth in order to obtain a good harvest. The costumes in the 3 rooms are all authentic . The most impressive are the "issohdore" ( white mask and lasso) and the "mamuthone" ( black mask and heavy bells). There are also costumes from other islands .
Written 28 August 2018
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Ronald D
Shrewsbury, UK651 contributions
A must if visiting Nuoro Provance
May 2018 • Couples
The museum has a display of typical costumes of the famous Barbagian carnival and also a collection of masks from regions of the Mediterranean area.
The guided tour begins with a showing of images, recordings and background music, which introduces the visitors to the festival of Sant' Antonio Abate (17th January) the Carival and the inhabitants of Mamoiada, whilst also giving an account of the different interpretations over the years of the origins and functions of the "Mamuthones and Issohadores"

The vast array of masks and the various costumes are so well displayed and capture an obvious link to the local culture.

Free guides in various languages are available for the single visitor to better understand what they are looking at.
Written 11 May 2018
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Justforfun3
58 contributions
Fascinating
Sep. 2017 • Couples
We were keen to visit Mamoiada to admire some of the softer landscapes and vineyards of Barbagia.
We found this museum almost by accident and were so pleased we did. It is small and perfectly formed! A look at the collection of local and Mediterranean masks and costumes followed by an enthralling video presentation (in English) made for a morning very well spent.
We were moved to buy a mask from a guy down the hill (turn right out of the museum down hill and follow the signs). Antonello Soluti is the real deal. He has been making them for years and used to take part in full costume on the 17th of January until the cow bells took their toll on his spine. Go and watch him making them, enjoy some of his homemade cannonau and cheese and buy yourself a mask from the very hands that made it!
The town itself is well worth a look. More polished and well kept than some others 'nearby', it's square and small main street offered a choice of cafes and places to eat in very pleasant surroundings.
Written 17 September 2017
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Gary B
Edinburgh, UK35 contributions
Interesting and informative
Jun. 2017 • Solo
I had seen the famous costumes of Mamoiada during a cultural event, so I was unsure about whether to bother with the museum after having already seen them "face to face", but I'm glad I did as I learnt so much more about their stories and meanings!

The visit started with a video that shows and describes the costumes, which is very informative even if a little over-romanticised. The guide then took us to a room filled with the typical masks and costumes from Mamoiada and nearby towns, and then another room with other costumes from the Mediterranean. Her explanations of the meanings behind the costumes, and of the commonalities between the Sardinian ones and the other European ones, were excellent.

Sure, the museum is quite small and the visit takes less than an hour, but I thought it was absolutely worth the price (€5) for the impressive collection and very capable guide.
Written 1 July 2017
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John F
Wembley, Australia474 contributions
If you're into masks you must go
Apr. 2017 • Solo
There is a very nice video to start then there are two rooms, the first of local masks & costumes, the second is masks & costumes for as far as Spain, Greece & Croatia.
It's not huge, but I thought well worth it.
Written 26 April 2017
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Matjaž V
Kidricevo, Slovenia2 contributions
Maschere KORANTI Lancova vas- Slovenia
Feb. 2017 • Business
Very interesting museum with well guided staff!
It represents in kindly way tradition of their traditional carneval!
Written 28 February 2017
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