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Museo del Precinema

Prato della Valle 1/A, 35123, Padua, Italy
+39 049 876 3838
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My personal highlight of Padova

Taking the tram SIR1 and stopping at Prato, you'll quickly notice this little museum inviting you... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Jaka Z
via mobile
Very original little museum - higly recommended

Padua has much to offer, but staying here a bit longer you may enjoy this little museum, with a... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2016
charles v
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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The PRECINEMA Museum - Minici Zotti Collection, also known as the Museum of the Magic Lantern, opened its doors in 1998. The PRECINEMA Museum holds a number of records, being not merely the only one of its kind in Italy expressly dedicated to Precinema history, but alsoreceiving a “Declaration of Local Interest” from the Veneto Region.The Museum displays exhibits including optical views, the “new world”, and a varied collection of optical instruments which, during the 19th century,but particularly during Victorian times, borewitness to the path that led to the birth of theCINEMA in 1895. Alongside simple toys, like thethaumatrope or the anamorphose we find morecomplex instruments including the phenakistoscope,praxinoscope and zoetrope, optical toys that createdthe illusion of movement.
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25 Apr 2018
“My personal highlight of Padova”
12 Nov 2016
“Very original little museum - higly recommended”
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Prato della Valle 1/A, 35123, Padua, Italy
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Taking the tram SIR1 and stopping at Prato, you'll quickly notice this little museum inviting you for a visit. Of course, do go in! I was visiting places included in my 48-hour Padova Card. This one was in the "reduced fee" section and thankfully I...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2016

Padua has much to offer, but staying here a bit longer you may enjoy this little museum, with a richt collection of what they call 'precinema' but what is in practice the visual culture of 'Magic Lanterns', Camera Obscura's, I was surprised to discover the...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2016

We enjoyed our little visit to this small and particular museum. It is a limited collection, but fascinating trove of early machines and images. Worth a visit if you are in the area and curious about such oddities.

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Reviewed 11 May 2016

Rainy day in Padua.... feels like we've seen everything. I love the unusual. The big Plaza Prato is right there. Not far to the memorable Basilica. The museum carefully covers the world of the projected moving image from pre-electric times to the dawn of cinema....More

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Reviewed 19 September 2015

We tend to forget how far long ago the precursors of film began. Many fascinating exhibits, including a camera obscura.

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Reviewed 28 June 2015

Uniquely curated, interactive, and informative exhibition. Even if you had never before wondered what visual miracles entertained people before the invention of cinema, you will find yourself fascinated by the collection at the Precinema museum. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, so it is...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2015

This is a fascinating personal collection of precinema artifacts that has been converted into a well-organized small museum sponsored by the City of Padova. The museum does not take long to tour and is well worth the 5 Euro entrance fee. The employees of the...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2015

The staff are really helpful, and the museum itself is really fascinating - such an interesting collection of artefacts and some of the devices are really enjoyable and still amazing today!

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Reviewed 7 November 2014

Astonishing. A must for animation-industry workers. Ubelievable, the Ponti device at the entrance for visitors to use. Ask for a quick demonstration at the ticket desk for the main attractions and usage of devices to experience a great visual treat. I can imagine someone interested...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We recently spent two days in Padua and this was definitely the highlight of our trip to this beautiful city. The museum is very well laid out and explanations and demonstrations were expertly given by the very helpful gentleman that works there. The interactive exhibits...More

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