Friday, May 30, 2008

Ethnographic Museum (Museo Etnografico) in Serra-Pamparato

Farm Equipment in the Serra-Pamaparato Museum 

The long title of the museum is “Museo Degli Usi e Dei Costumi Della Gente di Montagna”. The museum was created by the owners of the B&B Pietrabruna in 1987. Families in the area of Serra-Pomparato donated heirlooms to build the collection. It is always open by appointment. If you let Giovanna, the owner of Pietrabruna know a day in advance you can enjoy a personal tour of the museum with her the next morning. The museum is open in July and August without appointment. There is no charge to enter this museum, but donations are accepted.

The museum recreates typical rooms of houses of the 17th century including a kitchen, bedroom, and school room. There are rooms in the museum showing all sorts of typical everyday items and especially farming and household implements for working with chestnuts. Chestnuts were a main form of sustenance for the people of this area for a long time. Today the Fiera Regionale del Marrone (Chestnut Fair) marks this importance every Fall in Cuneo.

Another nice thing about the museum is that many items are labeled in both Italian and Piedmontese so in the least you can improve your vocabulary.

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