It houses the Museum of Applied Arts on the ground floor and on the first floor and the Bottacin Museum on the second floor.More than two thousand objects belonging to the collections of the Civic Museum of Medieval and Modern Art are preserved in the Museum of Applied and Decorative Arts: glass, carvings, ceramics, silver, ivories, jewels, textiles, furniture. A large number of pieces, for the most part never exhibited to the public, illustrating different types of artifacts in use in Padua between the Middle Ages and the second half of the nineteenth century.
Suggestive reconstructions of environments, within the chronological path, allow the visitor to immerse themselves in the spirit and life of the various eras, capturing the evolution of taste and different artistic techniques. Furthermore, the display of several objects belonging to the same period allows you to easily perceive the connections between what artists and artisans were creating in their workshops.
In the Bottacin Museum, the entire collection of Nicola Bottacin, the wealthy merchant who in 1865 tied his art and coins heritage to the city, gathered mostly in Trieste around the middle of the nineteenth century, finds a functional arrangement. In an ideal reconstruction of the furnishings of his Trieste villa, paintings, furniture, sculptures, Chinese ceramics, ancient weapons and other works acquired for the decoration of his complex home, built in the eclectic taste of the nineteenth century, are exhibited. .
The exhibition is divided into two itineraries, one dedicated to works of art, the other to the strictly numismatic part. The exhibition itinerary is based on the most correct possible reconstruction of the original environment and the tastes of the bourgeois patrons of the nineteenth century. It allows us to understand how widespread the attention for painting and sculpture of an academic or traditional nature was, even if there is no lack of openings to some innovative ferments.