Museums, galleries and archives

Palazzo dei Pio museums

Piazza Martiri, 68 - Carpi - MO - 41012

Phone: 059/649955

Fax: 059/6499361



From 23rd of May, the Palazzo dei Pio museums will be open every Saturdays, Sundays and public holiday with free entrance.

The Museums of Palazzo dei Pio are a coordinated system of three routes exhibition - Palace Museum , City Museum, Museum of the Deported - into the prestigious spaces of the Renaissance Palazzo dei Pio to provide contextual placement , rational and structured approach to the vast and varied historical and artistic heritage of the collections, in an exhibition that aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the development and history of the city .

The Palace Museum
The rooms on the main floor offers, beside the painted decorations on the walls of the rooms, dating from the mid-fifteenth century and the early years of the sixteenth century , work of Giovanni del Sega and Bernardino Loschi, court painters of Alberto III Pio, the exhibition of works from the museum's collection about the Renaissance culture in Carpi .
Overall, the collections are divided into three main groups: a core consisting of heterogeneous materials and Renaissance paintings, detached frescoes, pottery , terracotta friezes and ceiling , exposed within the path of the noble halls of the apartment , where objects find their historical context . The second group is composed of xylography (woodcut) patrimony: seven sheets of Ugo da Carpi, inventor of the woodcut from three blocks, wooden matrices and works by contemporary composers. The third core of the collection is the art gallery, which houses paintings and drawings from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.

Museum of the City
The City Museum exhibits, in chronological order, artistic heritage and craftsmanship of the old town museum founded in 1898. This institution, in full positivist times, had collected as well as works of art, everything that expresses the activity and intelligence of men during the centuries Carpi's history. Pottery production, scagliola (stucco decoration) of Reinassance period, printed books and documents, but also architectural and decorative fragments of the city, up to machinery, tools and multimedia documentation of agricultural activity , the production of the chip and the most recent business activity of the textile clothing . A significant part of the nearly twenty thousand pieces present is constituted by donations from private collections.

Museum Monument to the Deported
Since 1973, Palazzo dei Pio has a path dedicated to the dramatic period of the Second world war, that starts from the courtyard and spread to thirteen rooms on the ground floor.
The spaces of great emotional impact and suggestion are characterized by graffiti with works of great artists such as Longoni, Picasso , Guttridge , Cagli and Léger and phrases engraved on the walls taken from the letters of the condemned of the European Resistance .
In some reliquaries there are some items that belonged to prisoners in the concentration camps .
The tour ends in the Hall of Names where the names of more than thirteen thousand Italians who died in the concentration camps of Europe are graved on the wall.
The "courtyard of the stele" features sixteen high cement slabs inscribed with the names of the places of extermination camps of the Second World War.

Every fist Sunday of the month, at 5.00 pm, guided tour (in italian), for further informations call the ticket office: 059/649955

How to get there
By car: from the A1 highway take the Modena-Brennero connection and exit at Carpi, take direction to center town; or, from the city of Modena, take the Modena beltway toward Carpi and then the State Road S.S. 413 Romana, called the National Road to Carpi.
From the Modena Railway station: Modena/Verona line, Carpi station; or busses to Carpi