Laboratory Museum of Peasant Civilization
Ascolta l'audio descrizione
The Laboratory Museum of Peasant Civilization in Matera, is a museum and cultural center that focuses on the history and traditions of rural life in the Basilicata region.
It is located in the city of Matera, famous for its ancient houses carved into the rock, called "sassi".
The museum is housed in several interconnected rooms carved into the rock and presents exhibits on the history and culture of rural life in the area, including traditional crafts, agriculture and daily life.
It also organizes events and educational programs related to rural culture and traditions.
The museum structure currently has an extension of 500 m², but will be extended to cover twice the current surface and will include workshops where young people can learn ancient crafts.
The museum is made up of a series of connected houses for exhibition purposes.
One of the exhibition halls reproduces a "lamione mezzanine", a single room built in the 16th century which extends the volume of an existing cave (cave house), which served to separate the family from the livestock during the night.
In the other exhibition halls the artisan shops present in the old quarters of Matera have been reconstructed, and there are also typical environments of the agricultural-pastoral society and testimonies relating to themes closely linked to the history of southern Italy, such as brigandage and childhood .
The preparation of the exhibition halls was preceded by years of collecting everyday objects and tools of various trades which were the basis of the economic and social life of the city of the Sassi.
The goal was to recreate environments as faithful to reality as possible, with the advice of elderly people who had experienced this story and could provide valuable details.
Currently, the association that manages the museum is committed to guaranteeing the use of the museum at different levels, from simple tourist visits to in-depth research accompanied by educational itineraries for students of all levels.
Furthermore, the association carries out various cultural activities in its territory to involve young people, such as group work, production of educational material, dramatizations and publications of testimonies.
The Laboratory Museum of Peasant Civilization of Matera has recently opened an artistic laboratory where various expressive activities are carried out such as the production of graphic-pictorial material, the decoration of ceramics, the working of clay and wood.
The artifacts produced are reproductions or reworkings of objects related to life in the Sassi and representations of life situations typical of the agricultural-pastoral society.
The laboratory also organizes and hosts numerous educational activities for students of schools of all levels.
How to visit the Laboratory Museum of Peasant Civilization in Matera
Buying the ticket directly on the spot
The main entrance may be closed during opening hours: ring the bell to enter, following the posted signs.
Ascolta l'audio descrizione