The Museum Of Great War
Located in two ancient residences of the Borgo Castello in Gorizia, the Great War Museum is divided into nine rooms, where objects, documents, photographs and multimedia interventions evoke the experience of the First World War and its human and social reflections. The exhibition tends above all to make known the everyday life during the war, like that of the soldier (beyond the uniform he wore), which was marked by bloody battles, but also by long periods of waiting in the trenches, here rebuilt in life size and with a sound that reproduces the deafening noise of gunfire, explosions and screams.
But the experience of civilians is also described, marked by just as much suffering. We see it in the room dedicated to daily life in Gorizia, a city "on the front line" during the First World War, with the inhabitants forced to take refuge in the cellars, suffering from too many privations, afraid of the bombings that hammered the city for thirty months , as well as forced to live in a climate of suspicion and betrayal created by the alternation of armies in control of the city.
The museum exhibition focuses mainly on the Isonzo front, without however losing sight of the general coordinates that allow the visitor to fully understand the significance of the event. But other themes, related to the concept of total war, are added to the itinerary: those more strictly military, such as technological innovation in armaments, but also an in-depth room on prisoners of war.
A strong emotional involvement, but also a didactic approach are the key to interpreting the museum itinerary, seen as a tool for disseminating the history and the main social problems concerning the First World War.
The Museum is managed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region through the ERPAC - Regional Body for Cultural Heritage.