The Museo del Costume, which was established in 1976 under the name of Museo della Vita e delle Tradizioni Popolari Sarde, is the largest ethnographic Museum of Sardinia.
After a thematic and structural makeover, the Museo del Costume was reopened on December, 19th, 2015,
providing an overview of the traditional life, including work and leisure activities, of the Island, by displaying Sardinia's typical housing, attires, food, religiosity and popular beliefs. The pleasant setting and the exhibition featuring over 5,000 objects provide visitors with a wonderful cultural experience.
The exhibit consists of nine thematic rooms. The first room features an overview of Sardinia, by providing a timeline of events in the history of the island from prehistory to 1950. In the same room, a video-wall shows images and movies about the rural, coastal and mountain landscape of the island.
The second room focuses on the development of ethnography and collecting in Sardinia, whereas the following three rooms focus on the main manufacturing activities of traditional Sardinia, by recreating symbolic scenes in large diorama-showcases.
One of the showcases is dedicated to two household activities, milling and bread-making, whereas an entire room houses an exhibition of about 350 traditional types of bread from all over the island.
Weaving techniques can be explored in the seventh room, where traditional tools and textiles are displayed in special showcases and dressers.
A big showcase on the upper floor features an extraordinary collection of traditional Sardinian attires that forms a procession and leads to the surroundings of a country shrine, where visitors can admire the recreation of a "cumbessia" (loggia). The pilgrims' arrival and the festival activities are represented in a showcase dedicated to the painting Grande Festa Campestre, a tribute to the work of the great painter Giuseppe Biasi.
At the end of the exhibition itinerary, ideally reaching the chapel of the shrine, over 450 jewels and amulets are displayed around sacred images, furnishings and liturgical objects in a showcase-room that fascinatingly recreates the extraordinary devotion of the faithful who flocked numerous.
The Museum not only features a room provided with videos and follow-up materials, but also some rooms for temporary exhibitions.
|Museum Name:||Museo del Costume|
|Full address:||Via A. Mereu, 56 08100 Nuoro|
|Phone:||+39 0784 257035 - 242900|
|Fax:||+39 0784 37484 - 253943|
|Opening times:||From October 1st to March, 15th 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. , 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
From March, 16th to September, 30th 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. , 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Museum is open on Christmas, New Year and Easter Monday and on other public holidays (April, 25th, May, 1st, August, 15th and Sa Die de sa Sardigna).
|Special and combo tickets:||Ticket: 5 €
Cut-rate ticket: 3 € (under 18s and over 65s)
Combo ticket: 7 € (Museo del Costume and Museo – Casa Deledda)
Free ticket: Every first Sunday of the month; professional guides accompanying travel groups; students and teachers on educational trips
Photograph: Isre – Virgilio Piras