Theatre Museum and Library

The Theatre Museum and Library is one the few Italian museums about Theatre and Performing arts. Created in 1966, as a section of the Teatro Stabile of Genoa to keep theatre materials, today is a Foundation for critical and  historical studies of theatre, scenic art and the conditions of Italian actor.

The rich library, specialized in theatre, cinema and performing arts keeps more than 44.000 volumes and 1.200 Italian and stranger periodicals. The archive keeps more than 72.000 autographs, 69.000 photos, 1.300  scripts, 4.000 sketches, figurines, caricatures, drawings, posters, playbills; 62.000 press cuttings, 10.000 theatre programs. Library and archival collections are more than 70.

Visitors of the Museum can admire the studios of Gilberto Govi, Tommaso Salvini,  Alessandro Fersen and Sabatino Lopez, together with other interesting memorabilia. An important collection of theatrical costumes, belonged to  Adelaide Ristori and the Teatrino Rissone, a nineteenth century puppet theatre, donated by the family Rissone-De Sica, are being refurbished at the moment.