Art and culture

Museum of scales and balances

Corso Garibaldi, 34/a - Campogalliano - MO - 41011

Phone: 059/527133 or 059/899422

Fax: 059/899422

URL: http://www.museodellabilancia.it

Timetable:

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10.00 am-12.30 pm/3.00 pm-6.30 pm (daylight savings time 10.00 am-12.30 pm/3.30 pm-7.00 pm); by appointment from Monday to Friday 9.00 am-12.00 pm.; by booking it is always possible to visit the Museum

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Cost
Euro 5,00
Euro 2,50 for persons 7-18 years of age or over 60.
Admission is free for children under 6, residents of Campogalliano, journalists with press pass, holders of international museum cards and museum friend cards.

How to get there
Take the Campogalliano exit off the A/22 Brennero Highway.
From Modena take the provincial road to Campogalliano.
From Reggio Emilia take the state road 468 toward Correggio-Carpi and turn at S.Martino.

The museum is divided into several sections:
- Labyrinth of Phenomena: here you can weigh yourself and see your own weight not only on here earth but also, simulating the conditions of gravity, on the Moon and Jupiter. There are interactive computers that teach you about even-beam balances, dynamometers and inertial scales. You can learn the function of the even-beam balances by using an analytical scale of the 1950's with the calibration and double weight method.
- The gallery of trades and professions: this is a collection of weighing instruments used in silk-mills and in ironmonger. The part dedicated to silk-mills displays scales used in weighing cocoons and to determine the sex of the chrysalis inside, wool scales and scales used to determine the humidity in the wool itself; there are also titration scales used to determine the thickness of the yarn. For ironmonger there are workbenches and scales typical of the XIX century hardware store. In the background there are drawings of items and tools sold in hardware stores at the beginning of the XX century.
- Course of history: this section provides a chronological display of a series of measurement instruments that run from the simple medieval wood-and-string balance to the load cells for electronic scales. Among the most curious pieces are a calliper for the measurement of shoe soles, a rod for measuring horses at the withers, a majestic scale to weigh ingots, a pen-shaped scale, a pendulum scale for weighing eggs and a pan scale for weighing live fish during fishing competitions.
- Innovations and industry display: this section shows the latest developments in the field of weighing.
- Gallery of weighbridges and large lever scales: this is mostly dedicated to scales used in agriculture. Among the most curious pieces are the large lever scales used to weight forms of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, barrels or salt, wooden weighbridges and a series of bathroom scales and baby's scales.

Guided tours
Guided tours for individuals and groups must be booked ahead.