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Museum of Agriculture and Rural World

It offers a selection of the most significant relics of rural and handicraft culture of the mid-plain in the Reggio Emilia area, with some sections dedicated to field work, viticulture, spinning, weaving, mill, pork-butchering, milk and cheese "parmigiano/reggiano".

Address and contacts

Corso Umberto I, 22 - 42018 San Martino in Rio
+39 0522.636726 (Ufficio)
+39 0522.636740 (Museo)
museo@comune.sanmartinoinrio.re.it
Museo dell'Agricoltura e del mondo rurale

Opening times

Saturday: 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 (free entrance)
Sunday and holidays: 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 / 3.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. (charged entrance)

Closed on Sundays in August

Entrance fees

Adult € 2,00
Reduced € 1,00 (children aged 12 to 18 years, University students, over 65 and over the groups 10 people)
Free (children up to 12 years, disabled people and carers, residents and the museum material donors)

Guided tours (Upon reservation only)
Adult € 4,00
Reduced € 2,00 (children aged 12 to 18 years, University students, over 65 and over the groups 10 people)
Free (children up to 12 years, disabled people and carers)

How to get there

See indications to reach San Martino in Rio

Historical notes

The museum, built in 1968 and restored in 1994, offers a wide selection of the most significant relics of rural and handicraft culture of the mid-plain in the Reggio Emilia area. There are sections dedicated to: field work, hemp cultivation, viticulture, breeding, spinning, weaving, cordage, whip and broom manufacture, shaving production, mill, cheese factories, pork-butchering, rural house.
The museum is located in the halls of the Estense Fortress (building founded between the 12th and the 18th centuries, one of the most interesting in the region Emilia-Romagna) and is divided into four sections: territory, rural world and agricultural production, places of processing (e.g. hemp, shaving, millet, flour, meat, cheese) and rural house. This is the result of a research developed by a group of experts who collected and preserved a large amount of material, oral and documentary proof of the local rural world, as it was until the beginning of this century, before the modern mechanization. There are also a library and archives for photos, slides, videos, and so on.