The Ethnographic Museum Giovanni Podenzana is located in the historic center of La Spezia. The museum is located in the Oratory of San Bernardino, a building of medieval origin of the fifteenth century. The Museum was dedicated to John Podenzano, traveler, ethnographer and naturalist. Throughout his career and his travels he collected thousands of objects from Australia, New Guinea, Japan and Tasmania. In addition, part of the collection also objects of culture and popular tradition Lunigiana, including the mid-eighteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century. Certainly of great interest it is the section textiles and traditional costumes of the nineteenth century, including: the fabric turquoise skirts and feminine dresses holidays Sarzana, Cinque Terre and La Spezia. Of great value is the collection dedicated to the gold filigree with locally made crosses. The collection also preserves attires of peasants and farmers, votive offerings of popular devotion, tools and objects from agriculture and pastoralism, the furnishings of the house and furniture, the carved tools of weaving and spinning.

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Via del Prione, 156
19122 La Spezia


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