Museums. Permanent transformation
Trentino has such a variety of museums, enriched every year with temporary exhibitions, that it is impossible to get bored!
Art, history, science and traditions. The museums of Trentino are for all tastes, beginning with the MART in Rovereto, one of the major exhibition venues of modern and contemporary art in Italy. Also the Casa d’Arte Futurista Depero is worth a visit, a true dive into the Italian futuristic atmosphere.
In Trento, don't miss a visit to the MUSE, the new Museo delle Scienze designed by Renzo Piano. The new MUSE has a vertical dimension, as a tribute to the mountain environment around it. Starting from the top floor, from the peaks and glaciers, and descending to the basement floor, below sea level, visitors will make a tour through different altitudes and habitats. With 3D and interactive technologies employed in immersive caves, visitors will have the impression of skiing along snow-covered slopes, just like an extreme skier, or hovering on rock faces in a paraglider. Along the horizontal dimension of the building, the relationship between science and global society will be developed, with a special focus on renewable resources and energy saving.
The Castello del Buonconsiglio, the main monument in Trento, past residence of the Prince Bishops, offers a collection of art and archaeology spanning from ancient times to the mid-19th century, recalling the historic and artistic events of the town and the area. The Museo Diocesano Tridentino housed in the prestigious Palazzo Pretorio, just in front of the beautiful Piazza Duomo, has a rich collection that illustrates the artistic and religious history of the bishopric.
Back to the sciences, the Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni, a branch of the MUSE, is the oldest aeronautical museum in the world, with twenty aeroplanes on show from a collection of 57.
The Museo Civico di Rovereto will allow children to learn through play with the aid of Lego robotic kits. The Gallerie di Piedicastello, belonging to the Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino, two former road tunnels now closed to traffic, offer a great exhibition space now dedicated to World War I Centennial.
Other museums in Trentino are the protagonists of the chapters of this brochure including the Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina in San Michele all’Adige, which offers a tour through the folk traditions of Trentino (see chapter on Ecomuseums). Then there is the Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra mainly dedicated to World War I, and the MAG, Museo Alto Garda, housed in the 12th century Rocca in Riva del Garda, which preserves the extraordinary funerary statues of the Copper Age . Palazzo Panni in Arco, a branch of the MAG, hosts an exhibition space dedicated to Giovanni Segantini and his works, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
Then there are the pile-dwelling museums: the Museo delle Palafitte del Lago di Ledro and the Museo delle Palafitte di Fiavé .