Address: Via calata Sant'Antonio, Scanno

Hours: Open by appointment

Description

The Wool Museum contains objects of everyday life in Scanno from the period between 1880 and 1930, which were donated by the local people. Some rooms of a typical shepherd’s house have been reconstructed - the store room, the kitchen, the bedroom and the weaving room.  During the visit you can see the furnishings that made up the decor of the modest homes of the time such as, for example, the cupboard where the grain and flour were kept, the chest where they kept their clothes and linen, the large bed with the mattress stuffed with corn leaves, and a typical "monaco", that is, the container for the embers that was used to heat the bed. They are also many of the objects used by the women of Scanno in their daily activities, such as tools for washing clothes, crushing potatoes and processing dough, branding irons to label bread, utensils made from both bone and iron, coffee grinders, tools for weaving and dyeing wool, and linen and blankets made by the skilled hands of women. In addition, on display are tools and other objects used in the past by the shepherds such as tools for the processing of milk and scissors to shear the sheep plus wooden bowls carved patiently during the long hours guarding the flock.  There is also a rare suitcase made from parchment, prayer books and holy pictures that accompanied the hard daily life and charms in gold and silver that the shepherds and women used to sew on their clothes for luck.
After the initial collection of the Museum was completed, which is also a valuable centre for both the study and documentation of the local culture, a section devoted to worship was opened in the small church of San Giovanni.  Here there are many sacred statues from the 17th century to the 20th century, which were previously scattered amongst the different churches of the village.

Historical Notes

The museum was opened in August 1996 as part of a project by Michele Rak (one of the leading European experts in the theory and history of material culture) to collect, store and exhibit the most recent evidence of the pastoral world. Caught at the moment of its crisis under the pressure of rising industrialism - it is organised as a teaching collection that allows visitors to reconstruct the identity of the community's territory. It is housed in a former slaughterhouse and is named specifically for the product of wool, which along with other products derived from breeding sheep was, for centuries, the main resource and the source of the wealth of this mountain village and the communities of the Sagittario Valley, defining its culture, worship and its customs.