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Unusual Museums

Curious collections in Rimini area
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You are invited to visit some unusual museums hosting original and sometimes odd collections.

THE SEA SHELL MUSEUM
via Torre Saracena 75 - Bellaria 47814 - for information, tel. +39 0541/343747 - 6
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
The museum is located in a charming lookout tower once used to to keep watch for Saracen pirates.
It is divided into two sections: on the ground floor there is always a travelling exhibition showing works inspired by the sea; the other floor houses a large collection of shells, molluscs and the skeletons of other marine organisms (madrepores, echinoderms, crustaceans, turtle shells). It is a naturalistic treasure trove full of items from around the world!
www.comune.bellaria-igea-marina.rn.it

THE MUSEUM OF THE TERRITORY
Riccione, V.le Lazio 10 - tel. +39 0541/600113
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
The oldest vestiges of Riccione and its environs ranging from the Prehistory to the Roman period are here on display.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM AND SEA ANTIQUARIUM
via Pascoli - Cattolica 47841 - tel. +39 0541/966577; fax +39 0541/967803
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
The Sea Museum occupies about 100 sq. m. of exhibition space and is divided into various sections devoted to "the culture of the sea". Information can be found regarding the history of Cattolica, from its ancient role as a harbour to the birth of its port, in the form of documents, cultural objects and items related to maritime techniques (including 14th and 15th century nautical charts and documentation concerning shipbuilding activity).
www.cattolica.net  

COLLECTION OF 19th CENTURY EMBROIDERY AND LACE
Istituto Maestre Pie - via Malatesta 4 - Coriano 47853 - tel. +39 0541/657121
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
At the Istituto delle Maestre Pie there is an exhibit of embroidery and lace from the 19th century and early 20th century, the work of students who once attended the school directed by the Blessed One.
Also on display are documents, letters and photographs pertaining to the life, activities and the cause of beatification of the Blessed Elisabetta Renzi, founder of this religious organization.

LA STORIA DI SIC - in memory of Marco Simoncelli
Coriano (RN)Via Garibaldi 127tel. 0541 830802
info@lastoriadelsic.com  
www.lastoriadelsic.com       www.facebook.com/LaStoriaDelSic  
The museum gallery hosts a lot of photos and objects belonged to Marco Simoncelli and an interactive space to ride the moto on track with him. A travel among some moments of life by the great motocycle rider Marco Simoncelli, who died in 2011. 
Opening time: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 12.30 pm, 3 pm - 7 pm. Closed on Mondays chiuso lunedi

NATURALISTIC MUSEUM OF ONFERNO RESERVE
Gemmano, via Castello 83 - tel. +39 0541/984694; fax +39 0541/984694
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
It is an interactive museum with multimedia positions showing Onferno reserve's flora and fauna. 
www.grottedionferno.it

PALAEONTOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Mondaino (Rn)- Rocca Malatestiana, Piazza Maggiore 1 - tel. +39 0541/981674
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
Set up in 1981, it hosts fossils discovered around there dating back to millions of years ago.

SALUDECIO MUSEUM
Saludecio (Rn) - Chiesa di San Biagio, P.zza Ronconi - tel. +39 0541/982100
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
Hosted in San Biagio neoclassical Church, the collection includes sacred-subject paintings ranging from '500 to '800, such as some works by Cagnacci, Centino and Ridolfo Guerrini. 

MUSEUM OF THE EASTERN GOTHIC LINE
At the Chiesa della Pace, via Ca' Bartolino - Montescudo 47854 - tel. +39 0541 984240; fax +39 0541/984455 - Trarivi
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
The museum is located inside the charming Church of Peace, which was completely destroyed by the bombings during World War II and later reconstructed, though the visible signs of the conflict were left intentionally. Inside, a photograph exhibition has been installed. The pictures (about two hundred) were taken by British and German soldiers and describe the places, the events and the battles fought by the English army in 1944 along the Eastern Gothic Line.
In addition to the photos there are also various military items of notable interest. 

GOTHS' LINE MUSEUM
Montegridolfo - tel. +39 0541855320 - 855054; fax +39 0541/855042 
The museum recovered the original name given by Hitler to the line of defence that ran across the country for 320 km, from the thyrrenian to the Adriatic sea: Goten Linie, that's Goths' line, then named Gothic Line.
It was recently built in the same site that was chosen at that time by the Germans as the Observation post towards the hills where the battle took place in August - September 1944, between the Valley of the river Foglia and the town of Rimini. On show several military objects such as weapons, photographs, news papres etc. It is also possible to visit the shelter which were dug by the citizens as a protection during the battle. 
www.montegridolfo.eu 

MUSEUM OF THE HABITS AND CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE OF ROMAGNA
via Montevecchi 41 - Santarcangelo di Romagna 47822 - tel. +39 0541/624703; fax +39 0541/622074
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
The Ethnographic Museum has collected, preserved and highlighted evidence of various peasant activities through the reconstruction of some environments, such as the shoemaker's shop, the carpenter's, the lute maker's and the blacksmith's shops. Among the agricultural tools on exhibit, of note are the wooden ploughs and a threshing machine.
Also of great interest is the reconstruction of the woven cloth printing process, including looms, the carved wooden blocks used to create the printed designs and the instruments used in making cloth from hemp.
The museum is home to a collection of 53 late 19th century marionettes, as well as a collection of "caveje" (instrument with a wooden trunk and two iron rings at each extremity, once used to attach the bar of a cart to an animal's yoke). And finally, there is a section showing the types of clothing once worn by peasants in this area.
In May 2005 was opened MUSAS, the new Historical Archeological Museum in Santarcangelo di Romagna which includes the Ethnographic one.

MANGLE PRINT SHOP
Santarcangelo di Romagna (Rn)- via C. Battisti 15 - tel. +39 0541/626018
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
They print the traditional rust-coloured cloths by means of an old wheel mangle dating back to '600.

"VILLANOVIAN" ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOWN MUSEUM
Verucchio (Rn)- via S. Agostino 14 - tel. +39 0541/670280; fax +39 0541/673266 
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
It is inside the Augustinian old monastery erected in the thirteenth century. It keeps weapons, weaving tools, gold and amber ornaments, ceramic and bronze sets, wooden objects as vestiges of the past.

THE MUSEUM OF RECORDED SOUND
Via Egisto Ricci n. 61 - Sogliano sul Rubicone - for information tel. +39 0541/948418
Further information: +39 0541/51331- 56902 (Tourism Information Office)
The museum was created and installed by Roberto Parenti in a wing of his home.
It boasts an impressive collection of records, matrices, gramophones and CDs that all recount the history of 110 years of recording!
The items on display also include wax cylinders from 1882 (the precursors of the modern CD), kept in splendid casings. In addition, there are some of the very first records in graphite, the "Disque path" from 1905, priceles records from the early 20th century and original autographed matrices of records by Caruso, phonographs and gramophones of every type and from every period up to the most recent sound inventions.
Among the many curiosities on display is a record measuring about half a metre in diameter.

THE BUTTON MUSEUM
Santarcangelo di Romagna (Rn) - via Della Costa 11 - tel: mobile +39 339 3483150 (Mr. Giorgio Gallavotti)
Further information: +39 0541/624270 (Tourism Information Office)
The Museum of buttons includes a collection of mor than 8500 buttons and is divided into three sectors according to the time and in a chronological order. Within each sector are presented buttons, the material to create them and the reasons for which they were chosen. Many "curious information" on people who wore them or stories and sayings on the button. A special section is devoted to the history of buttons in which is possible to revisit "a hundred-year history of the button."

TRACTORS VINTAGE - Massaroni collection
Bellaria Igea Marina
via Belvedere, 60 (Bellaria Monte) tel. +39 0541/345661
A treasure of motors with iron wheels, rubber or tracked, some of which are very rare pieces. Domenico Massaroni, a passionate and experienced in mechanics, has put together something like a hundred tractors, all functional. Domenico Massaroni continues to restore the old agricultural vehicles and has created an open-air exhibition. The first piece of the collection, which he has put in front of the house, is a boiler with a long chimney from the beginning of the '900, obviously still in working order.
There are hundred-year-old tractors, brands such as Landini, Orsi, Argo, Bubba, that in the middle of the last century have been abandoned with the arrival of new technologies. It may be the most significant collection of tractors vintage in Italy.
The visit is possible after agreement with the family Massaroni.

 

MUSEUM OF CURIOSIIES
Repubblica di San Marino, Salita alla Rocca, 26 - Centro storico 47890 San Marino Città. tel. 378 0549 992437 from foreign countries - fax 378 0549 991075 from foreign countries
e-mail: info@museodellecuriosita.sm  
www.museodellecuriosita.sm
The Museum of Curiosities is a unusual, strange, rare but real collection of facts, objects, characters, news and eccentricities. All that is incredible!

Additional notes: 
http://www.cultura.provincia.rimini.it/Musei.aspx www.museionline.it/museums/search.php
Tourist area: 
adriatic coast
Last update date: 14/04/2017 - 15:59