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Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina

Open Now: 09:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:00
Open today: 09:00 - 13:00, 16:00 - 19:00
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Small but fascinating and filled with curiosities

This little museum really gives a picture of what life was once like in Matera. There are other... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
London, United Kingdom
Best, most interesting museum of our trip!

We happened upon the Museo Laboratorio in Matera whilst wandering the amazing streets of Matera... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Istanbul, Turkey
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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...more
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Via San Giovanni Vecchio 60, 75100, Matera, Italy
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

This little museum really gives a picture of what life was once like in Matera. There are other caves with original furniture, etc., in the town however this one includes artifacts of all the town's professions, sometimes with photos and interviews from the people themselves....More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Mittencloth
Reviewed 2 November 2018

We happened upon the Museo Laboratorio in Matera whilst wandering the amazing streets of Matera. Donato Cascione welcomed us and helped us discover the reality of how peasants lived and worked in the Sassi before the evacuation of the residents there in around 1952. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank KateSP447
Reviewed 28 October 2018

If, like me, you like museums to be cabinets of curiosities, not over-directed or sterile and slightly eccentric, this is definitely for you. The owners have lovingly collected a cornucopia of artefacts and have a real talent for putting them together in such a way...More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank alacranguapa
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

Leave your hotel cave for this look back at what 4-5 generations of one family could have saved from their own caves. And think twice about what you’re piling into a dumpster somewhere else ... save the past for the future!

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Diana P
Reviewed 16 October 2018

An absolute treasure trove of history. The collection is extensive and incredibly interesting. First impression is a bit overwhelming but it’s incredible how much has been preserved of each of the original trades, including a priest’s room! It also shows a traditional home. Donate is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank LdnTravels
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Set in caves joined together you get a sense of the life lived in the Sassi and of the trades required to support it. Much better than the small caves you pay to go in to see the bed etc. You have to accept that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Clive M
Reviewed 3 October 2018

It is one man’s collection, but rich and diverse and telling a story that could so easily be lost. Worth a visit along with the other larger and more professional museums in the city.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

We discovered this place just walking around the "Sassi" and we were lucky to be able to speak with the great Donato, the founder of the place. You can really dive into the past of Matera and deeply understand history just by walking through the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank DADO C
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

This fabulous place will take you back in time and you may even recognise an odd thing from your own past. Room upon room of amazing artefacts from days gone by. I have really never seen anything like it in my life. And if you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Rang the bell and the door was opened by Donato who told us about this museum .Paid three euros each and we entered into another time .This is a labyrinth of about thirty connecting rooms which hold all items of everyday life from years gone...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Philmarilyn
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