The Museum

The museum is located in a villa of the Genoese hinterland, in the Val Polcevera, which constitutes one of the axes between Genoa and the Po valley.

The hill still retains the characteristics of a suburban area, albeit not being far from densely populated urban areas; the building, a villa connected to the organisation of the agricultural activities in the area, dates back to the 18th-19th century.

The Museum took form around a first exhibition and was eventually opened in 1983 with an elaborate arrangement to offer visitors a dual key to understanding issues of regional rural culture.

Despite the limited space, the exhibition addressed issues related to the historical settlements in Liguria; the organisation of farmhouses; family life; traditional crafts; the chestnut, cereals, grapes, and olive crop cycles; and popular religiosity.

In 1997, the Museum acquired new premises on the ground floor of the villa and further expanded its outdoor spaces. A project for the expansion of the exhibition is ongoing, to correlate the pieces collected in the museum with the historical and natural urgencies of the Genoese hinterland and, particularly, the Val Polcevera. The very location of the museum in a dominant position facilitates the recognition of the traces of human occupation that characterise the historical stratigraphy of the valley, from the prehistoric Ligurian settlements up to the urban sprawl that expanded the boundaries of the city centre.