Among the countless museums in Emilia Romagna there are several dedicated to the world of work. We have selected four of them, located between 20 and 60 kilometres from our agriturismo, which we recommend you visit and which we are sure will pleasantly surprise you. These museums offer a valuable opportunity to understand the role of work in the history and development of the region.

Fiorano Modenese Ceramic Museum

Established in 1996, the Fiorano Modenese Ceramic Museum tells the story of ceramic production in the Modena-Reggios industrial district. It is housed in the Spezzano Castle (a hamlet of Fiorano Modenese a stone’s throw from Sassuolo), a Renaissance palace nestled in the greenery of the first hill, surrounded by a historical park. The museum is configured as a synthesis of three different typologies: archaeology, art-history and technology, with a special focus on educational and popular aspects. The museum tour reconstructs the evolution of ceramics from the Neolithic to the present day. On display are archaeological finds, ceramic works and tiles, reproductions of artefacts, potter’s tools and kilns for firing ceramics. It includes the following sections: historical, contemporary, present-day, fire-drying, labour and devotional ceramics collection.

Covili House Museum in Pavullo nel Frignano

Opened to the public in 2019, the Casa Museo Covili in Pavullo nel Frignano is the place where the painter of the popular epic Gino Covili, counted among the great Italian artists of the 20th century, lived. In his creations it is the world of humble things, of peasants, of the landscape that is brought to specific affective testimony. Hunters, shepherds, labourers, wayfarers, sunsets, animals, lives on the move: these are Covili’s never trivial works. The museum house is located on the border between the forest and the city, a reminder that the painter’s path has always been a balance between art, nature and culture. Structured on three floors, the exhibition presents more than 120 works created by the artist over the course of his career. In addition to the permanent space, the artist’s studio with spaces dedicated to workshops, the visitor centre and the bookshop are available for initiatives and temporary exhibitions.

Ettore Guatelli Museum in Ozzano Taro

The Ettore Guatelli Museum is an ethnographic museum housed in an old country house in Ozzano Taro, a hamlet of Collecchio. It houses 60,000 objects collected by Ettore Guatelli, writer as well as museographer, researcher and primary school teacher (maestro contadino, as he liked to call himself). The objects recovered are not rare or precious pieces like those found in many traditional museums, but things in common use, bearing witness to the history of men and women “of the bread age”, when work in the fields substantiated man’s deep bond with life. The collection includes agricultural and craft tools, furniture, furnishings, games, musical instruments, clothing and photographic documents. The objects are placed in a setting that exploits the entire museum space, favouring the visual and emotional impact of the whole over the individual object, however ‘beautiful’ and significant.

Industrial Heritage Museum in Bologna

The Industrial Heritage Museum in Bologna is entirely dedicated to the economic-productive history of Bologna and its territory from the late Middle Ages to the present day. It is housed inside a brick kiln from the second half of the 19th century. On display are more than 1,000 items of a composite nature and origin: machines, models, working models, exhibits, laboratory apparatus and scientific instruments. The museum tour is divided into five sections. On the ground floor, the Hoffmann oven houses the collections of scientific instruments, models and machinery that belonged to the Istituzione Aldini Valeriani, one of the oldest technical schools in Italy and Europe. Around the kiln, there is a section dedicated to the Galotti kiln and the production of bricks and a second one focusing on the packaging sector. On the second floor, five centuries of Bolognese manufacturing excellence are documented, from the ancient production of silk to today’s motor, mechanical and mechatronic production. The intermediate floor houses classrooms, an auditorium, a space for temporary exhibitions and the workshop space dedicated to ‘The Factory of the Future’.

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