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Nuoro, Museum of Sardinian Popular Life and Traditions - Costume Museum

Nuoro, Museum of Sardinian Popular Life and Traditions - Costume Museum

Nuoro, Museum of Sardinian Popular Life and Traditions - Costume Museum

The Museum represents all aspects of traditional Sardinian material culture (clothes, jewelry, textile and wooden artifacts, weapons, masks, breads, folk music instruments, household and work utensils and tools, etc.). Particular attention is also paid to the representation of intangible assets (popular religiosity, superstition festivals, traditional carnivals, music, song and dance, etc.).
The collections include about 8000 exhibits, mostly dating back to the period between the end of the nineteenth century and the first fifty years of the twentieth century. About 80 men's and women's clothes and various items of children's clothing are on display, all authentic and actually used before the museum was acquired. They are representative of the types of the different historical and geographical subregions of the island and are displayed on a rotating basis both for conservation purposes and to make it possible to use most of the collection.
A huge collection of jewels and amulets from the Museum is presented. Many finds are an integral part of popular clothing (buttons, pins, chains); others are personal ornaments (earrings, pendants, rings); still others are amulets, ex vota and objects of devotion (rosaries, reliquaries, medals, crosses).
There are several textile creations that constitute examples of a tradition practiced in every village on the island still in the first half of the twentieth century and which formed the basis on which the current well-known artisanal production is based.
Wooden facial masks, cowbells and sheepskins represent the various manifestations that have their roots in the distant events of the peoples of the Mediterranean. The rooms dedicated to these unique testimonies display the masks of the 'Thurpos' and the 'Eritaju' by Orotelli, the 'Boes' and 'Merdules' by Ottana and the 'Mamuthones' and 'Issohadores' by Mamoiada. You can see about 60 instruments of Sardinian popular music, together with various devices and sound toys.
On display are numerous wooden objects with carving, pastoral utensils in worked horn, cork, ornaments for oxen, baskets made of vegetable fibers dating back to the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.
Finally, the museum windows display about one hundred traditional breads, part of the collection of more than 600 varieties, most of which have long since come out of use. A staple food, common to many Mediterranean peoples, bread marked the rhythms of Sardinian life: the succession of seasons and work cycles, holidays, happy and sad family anniversaries. They document an extraordinary and widespread complex of skills in figurative modeling, which forms part - such as spinning, weaving, running the house - of the more general set of knowledge proper to Sardinian women.

Why it is important to visit it
The Museum is the most important regional ethnographic collection permanently open to the public. The number, the quality, the aesthetic value of the materials on display, the contents and the exhibition methods make a visit indispensable both for those who visit Sardinia for tourist purposes and for all scholars of demoethnoanthropological subjects.

Structure category: museum, gallery and/or collection

Content type: Ethnography and anthropology

Usability: Open

Province: Nuoro

Common: Nuoro

Macro Territorial Area: Central Sardinia


Address: via A. Mereu, 56

Telephone: +39 0784 257035 +39 0784 242900



October 01 - March 15

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

March 16 - October 30

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Information on tickets and access: Access to the museum is free every first Sunday of the month.

Access mode: For a fee

Tickets :

  • Integer : 5 €, grownups, .

  • Reduced : 3 €, minors up to 18 years old, adults over 65 years old, .

  • Cumulative integer : 7 €, grownups, for a visit to the Costume Museum and the Casa Deledda Museum .

  • Freeware : 0 €, for everyone every first Sunday of the month; usually for professional guides who accompany organized groups, students and accompanying teachers on educational visits, .


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