Feed their minds as well as their bodies

Trentino’s museums offer a rich mix of state-of-the-art science and traditional mountain culture

This isn’t some kind of hillbilly backwater. For centuries, Trentino had a vigorous intellectual life, as well as providing a refuge for ancient customs and languages.

It’s had an eventful history too. Add all these elements together, and it’s no wonder we’re home to so many fascinating museums. They’ll fire the minds of children as well as adults.

There are three essential stops. First is Muse. The state-of-the-art science museum, designed by Renzo Piano, examines the impact of altitude on ecology, from mountain peaks and glaciers (at the top of the building) all the way to the rainforests (on the ground floor). Next is MART, one of Italy’s most important collections of modern art, in Rovereto. Then there’s the Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento. It’s home not only to Trentino’s main collection of art, but also a busy programme of temporary exhibitions aimed at children.

But there are many more fascinating collections to be sampled. For example, in Trento, the Caproni Museum showcases a famous collection of airplanes, while in Vigo di Fassa the Monzoni Museum of Minerals is a treasure trove of rocks, crystals and minerals from the Dolomites. And at at the Museo delle Palafitte you can explore the bronze-age world of Lake Ledro, where the locals built their houses on stilts.

Finally, for something rather different, check out the Museum of the Scarecrows in Valsugana – which celebrates the ingenuity of farmers from every valley in Trentino. It could even inspire a few scarecrows of your own, back home.

The MUSE - the Science Museum

The MUSE - the Science Museum

Science can surprise you

MART

MART

At the heart of today’s art

Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics

Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics

A unique collection of vintage airplanes

Museo Mineralogico Monzoni

Museo Mineralogico Monzoni

More than 200 different types of minerals

Pile-Dwelling Museum, Ledro

Pile-Dwelling Museum, Ledro

A day in the Prehistory in Ledro