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Museo della Carta e della Filigrana

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Address: Largo Fratelli Spacca 2, 60044, Fabriano, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0732 22334
10:00 - 13:00
14:30 - 19:30
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 13:00
14:30 - 19:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The visit to the Paper & Watermark Museum, duration of about 1 hour and...

The visit to the Paper & Watermark Museum, duration of about 1 hour and 15 minutes, consists of a guided tour by guides that speak Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. The program includes a live demonstration of hand-made paper, performed by the Museum's Master paper makers, viewing the antique watermarks from the 13th Century to modern day, and a film on the history of paper in Fabriano.The Museum also provides a furnished bookshop where it is possible to purchase paper products, produced in the Museum's mediaeval paper mill, artistic watermarks (white-shaded), albums, diaries, publications and much more. · It is also possible to make reservations for guided tours of the city that gave birth to Gentile da Fabriano, Palazzo del Podestà, Teatro Gentile, Portico dei Vasari, Oratorio della Carità, etc., and the 'Pinacoteca Molajoli' to the suburbs and various sites of tourist interest (abbeys, museums, archaeological excavations, Frasassi Caves, natural parks, etc.).

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Most Unique Tour on our Vacation

We did not have advance reservations. We arrived just at the right time in the morning to have a tour in English, along with a couple from Portland Oregon. I had no idea that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

We did not have advance reservations. We arrived just at the right time in the morning to have a tour in English, along with a couple from Portland Oregon. I had no idea that watermarks had such an extensive history. In this tour, we were given demonstrations on how early watermarks are make, and then later in the tour how... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this. Beautiful presentation of interesting history and process of making watermark paper. The videos are in Italian with English subtitles.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We loved this museum, a very reasonably priced guided tour of the history of papermaking and watermarks in Fabriano from the middle ages on. Downtown Fabriano is also totally charming, just a short walk away, and right outside the museum is a big playground /park where kids can rumpus around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Museum explains the origins of paper and watermarks. Fabriano was an important place in this regard. Take your time. The guided tour in Italian took two hours. Entrance fee quite high, 10 euro pp.

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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

The museum is quite small. Part of it explains the process of paper making by actually producing it with the traditional technique. The rest of the exhibit displays examples of papermarks. The tour guide was very good and that has made the difference between a mediocre museum and an interesting visit. Complete visit takes around 1 hour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Staff was friendly and repeatedly apologized for not having an English tour. They did have an English video to give you an overview

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Not many people realize that a paper museum can be fascinating, but it is. There are interesting live demonstrations on how to make hand-made paper--the medieval way and the modern way. This museum is a representative of the paper company in Fabriano, one of only two in the world that still make paper this way by hand. The paper is... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

The museum is interesting and various as for its activities: the part you visit alone (with bilingual Italian-English panels), the part only visited by a guide, the paper's factory DIY, the movie room etc.. I think then it's important to give some ideas which immediately communicate the importance of this museum. The best way to do so, in my view,... More 

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Gorgio_P, General Manager at Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, responded to this review

Many thanks for your visit and for so deep recognition about the importance of Fabriano as the place in which, in the second half of XIII century, was born the first western paper. So many thanks for your precious suggestions More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Fabriano itself is a charming Medieval town and it is full of surprises. The Paper and Watermark Museum offers an incredibly detailed tour of the ancient art of hand-made paper and of watermarks. You move your way through the exhibit with a guide who has you watch a video explaining the process, and then you get to actually watch one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015

Today, we drove to Fabriano – the paper capital of the world – which is where it all started. We went to see the Paper and Watermark Museum. The Museum is located in an old monastery. You watch a movie for about 15 to 20 minutes that takes you thru the history of making paper. Then, they have a museum... More 

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