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(in italian)



Armeno, Museo degli Alberghieri


Via dei Prati, 3 – 28011 Armeno (No)

Armeno is the home of hotel staff. For over four centuries this area has provided thousands of people for the kitchens, hotels and restaurants of the whole world. And this museum has been created in order to preserve a record of so many personal stories. Here cooks, waiters, great chefs, hotel staff of all levels have brought mementoes, pieces of their lives that they collected on their travels around the world. In this small museum, the menus of famous meetings, tools of the trade, photos and rare cookbooks have all found a place

Fondazione Calderara di Arte Contemporanea

28010 Vacciago di Ameno (N0)
tel. (0039) 0322-998192
(During the visiting hours)


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Museo etnografico e dello strumento musicale a fiato (Quarna Sotto)

Museum of local history and culture and of wind instruments (Quarna, Lake Orta)
The exhibition is based on modern and peculiar standards. The upper floor is devoted to musical instrument craft. The Quarna Museum is one of the few museums existing on musical instruments, and it differs from the others as it shows the old manufacturing methods, thus making it a unique one of this kind. The museum helps the visitor understand symphonic and band music, as well as ancient and modern one. The first room, devoted to clarinets, also covers oboes and bassoons and shows examples of the wooden models used to make them.

The second room, devoted to saxophones, includes sarrusophones and saxorusophones. The third room is devoted to flutes and the fourth to the wide range of brass instruments. The final room shows present-day production, peculiar instruments and documents of old companies.




Museo dell'Ombrello e del Parasole (Gignese)

This is the only museum in Italy entirely dedicated to umbrellas and parasols. More than a thousand examples, some very rare and precious, are a feast for the eyes. The museum tells the story of the lives and activity of umbrella-makers and traces the history of the fashions that influenced the style of these accessories. The themes dealt with are: the umbrella and its component parts; stories and legends of the umbrella; the umbrella and the evolution of fashion; the life of the Vergante umbrella-makers; working techniques; tools and materials.


Viale Golf Panorama, 2 Bis - 28836 Gignese (Vb)
Tel. +39.0323.202064
E-mail: ecomuseo@lagodorta.net



Museo del Rubinetto e della sua Tecnologia (San Maurizio d'Opaglio)

The Museum of the Tap, with its unique exhibits, traces the history of San Maurizio d’Opaglio and surrounding district, famous for and specialised in the manufacture of taps and valves. It also demonstrates how drinking water becomes drinkable and how the technology of tap production must constantly meet new demands on the use of our water supply.


Piazza Martiri, 1 - 28017 San Maurizio d'Opaglio (No)
E-mail: info@museodelrubinetto.it



Museo dell'Arte della Tornitura del Legno (Pettenasco)

Five water mills (known as the factories), which were powered by the roggia molinara (water mill canal) of the small river Pescone, were transformed into turner’s workshops in the mid-eighteen hundreds, and were used until a few decades ago. Inside one of these factories are a few rooms devoted to turned objects dating back to the beginning of the XIX century and to later years. A section, which is especially picturesque, has been created in a turner’s workshop. Here visitors can admire the original tools and machinery used for turning wood.


Via Vittorio Veneto - 28028 Pettenasco (No)
Tel. +39.0323.89622/89259
E-mail: ecomuseo@lagodorta.net



Fondazione Museo delle Arti e delle Industrie (Omegna)

This collection shows us the local manufacturing history, from the end of the XIX century up to the present day. It does so through archives, historical objects and artworks concerning the household articles produced by Cusio that have been safeguarded over the years, such as: the first Bialetti caffettiera (espresso coffee maker) and the Lagostina pressure cooker.


Parco Pasquale Maulini, 1 - 28887 Omegna (Vb)
Tel. +39.0323.866141 - Fax: +39.0323.867027
E-mail: fondmaio@forumomegna.org