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Museum for Po River and Inland Navigation

Museum dedicated to the"Great River" - Museum on the Po River.

Address and contacts

Via Argine Cisa, 11 - 42022 Boretto
+39 0522.965601 / 963811
+39 335.5335139 (for reservations)
Museo del Po e della navigazione interna
Musei di Boretto

Opening times

In July and August the Museum is open on previous phone arrangement only.

From April to September
Every Sunday and holidays: 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 and 3.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

During the opening days of the Museum the navigation on the Po river is possible with motor ship Padus:
from April to September every Sunday at 3.30 p.m. from San Marco pier (Lido Po Boretto). Navigation of about 1 hour.

From October to March visits are possible upon phone arrangement only.

Out of the times above indicated it's possible to book the Visit to the Museum for groups and schools, calling the mobile number indicated.

Entrance fees

Free entrance

How to get there

By car:
From Reggio Emilia: 30 kilometres along the Provincial Road 358.
From the A1 Milan to Bologna motorway: leave the motorway at the Reggio Emilia exit and follow signs to Castelnuovo Sotto for 30 kilometers.
From the A22 Modena to Brennero Motorway: leave the motorway at the Reggiolo exit and follow signs to Guastalla for 25 kilometers.
By river:
from Mantua – at the “Laghi” dock.
From Cremona: from the “Porto Fluviale” (River port)
By train:
From Reggio Emilia, “ACT-FER” local train service from Reggio Emilia to Guastalla.
State railway service on the Parma Suzzara line.
By coach:
from Reggio Emilia ACT service from Reggio Emilia to Boretto with branch service to Viadana (Mantua).
From Viadana take the coach service running between Mantua and Parma.

Historical notes

Visiting a museum is like walking through the pages of a great illustrated book. In the case of the Po River Museum, the illustrations are tangible objects such as boats, anchors, signals, winches, rudders, Jacob’s ladders, megaphones, hydraulic models, engines, pumps, canoes, and period motorboats. Listing all the period paraphernalia, from nails to couplings, would be an impossible task. As you enter the museum, you are immediately faced with the view of the Great River itself, as both the landscape and the main player in this story. Under the portico, there are riverboats, a small hunting boat armed with a mounted rifle, and a wheel-boat for land reclaiming operations. The room dedicated to Chiezzi contains records of the great dockyard tradition that has characterised the town of Boretto. In the second room there are collections of technical documentation related to the 650 km course of the river, with hydraulic models from the Po River Magistrate. The navigation room gives information on the dredgers an
d contains objects that give an idea of what living and working was like aboard the great boats that once used to dredge the riverbeds and build river defences. The fourth room illustrates what happens in the deep riverbed, in the world of sand, silt, and archaeology. In the long “Hall of the Genius”, are the collected machines and materials related to the main working areas of the river, from foundries to forges, and from metalwork to wood carpentry. The visit inside the former storehouses ends with a workshop to provide students from schools with the opportunity to carry out manual-creative activities and to attend classes and courses run by specialist staff.