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Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina

Via San Giovanni Vecchio 60, 75100, Matera, Italy
+39 0835 344057
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A worthwhile view into the past.

A worthwhile view into the past is provided by this small museum, such as it is. After visiting... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
HvPssptWilTrvl
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Newton, Massachusetts
not your ordinary purchase-a-ticket-and-take-a-look-around

We were met by the very cordial and informative Donato, the creator of this unique an fascinating... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
nickpericle
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Richmond, Virginia
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A worthwhile view into the past is provided by this small museum, such as it is. After visiting Casa Noha, this exhibition but some detail on what life was like in Matera years ago. Remember, Matera was an embarrassment for the Italian government in the...More

1  Thank HvPssptWilTrvl
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We were met by the very cordial and informative Donato, the creator of this unique an fascinating museum of relics. We spent about 40 minutes, talking to him and learning about how people lived in the Sassi years ago. We really enjoyed ourselves and would...More

3  Thank nickpericle
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

A wonderful collection of period pieces and photographs from the days in which the Sassi were inhabited. A memorable experience as it gives you the opportunity to see first hand the hardships that this population endured. It also lends to the reflection of how blessed...More

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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