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“Patrizio Rigoni” Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum has been conceived as a constantly evolving laboratory open to nature and the territory, just as Master Patrizio Rigoni had intended. The Museum is distributed over two large exhibition halls, in which visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment of the Plateau, represented in four exceptional dioramas: from life in the undergrowth to high altitude, they become familiar with the insects, animals, and plants that make up the ecosystem of these extraordinary mountains. The Museum is part of the project called Environmental Educational Laboratory, born from the passion and donations of Maestro Patrizio, and aims to provide schools of all levels with services, materials and educational opportunities. The Museum also acts as a cultural reference point for citizens and tourists on the Plateau for topics related to natural sciences.
The visit
A contemporary museum cannot just be a container of objects and a disseminator of notions, it must know how to be a laboratory and be able to communicate with the surrounding area, with the people who live there and with those who come to discover, know and love it. For this reason, the Museum's collections, some of which are exhibited in dioramas, constitute, with their wealth of information content, an enormously valuable database available to anyone wishing to undertake studies on fauna or plan interventions in the area. Discover not only the life underground but also the karst formation of the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, rich in caves, ravines and caves, called "loch" in the ancient Cimbrian language. With the visit you can explore and navigate this unique landscape rich in water and life, through the multimedia installation of "Underground Life": an experience worth trying!
The history

The idea for the museum dates back to 1999, but it was first completed in 2002, when the first organic didactic and tourist activity proposals began. Over the years, the project has continuously evolved and grown, adopting innovative solutions, implementing content and visitor tools, improving and evolving: in 2012 there was a major implementation and in 2014 the multimedia section was added.

The Educational Nature Museum was named after Maestro Patrizio because of his great and strong contribution to its creation. Teacher, researcher, writer, embalmer and photographer, Patrizio Rigoni (1939-2008) was above all an unforgettable educator. Ever since he was a child, he explored the natural environment of the Plateau in all its depth, and of this enormous heritage he was then one of the greatest disseminators. His research contributions can be found in many works dedicated to the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni.

The Museum is the result of this authoritative contribution and is an instrument for the promotion, knowledge and defence of the natural, environmental and historical heritage of the Altopiano dei 7 Comuni. In addition to its traditional function of conservation and permanent exhibition, the Museum offers other services such as the environmental education and refresher centre at the Laboratory, equipped with the main laboratory instruments and samples of material to organise educational activities for children and teachers, and an information and reference service for educational and tourist excursions.

Its organisational headquarters is the Heritage and Environment Office of the Municipality of Asiago. The operational headquarters is the Didactic Naturalistic Museum of Asiago. For these reasons, the Didactic Naturalistic Museum is part of a more complex and articulated Environmental Didactic Laboratory, which includes, in addition to the Museum, the Great War Open Air Museum in the locality of M. Zebio, the first example of arrangement and enhancement of the testimonies of the First World War on the plateau; Didactic Woods, including some forest parcels in natural evolution in the locality of Cloise and Manazzo; the former malga used as Alpine Ecology Centre.

Saturday: 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

During holiday periods, summer and winter according to the published schedule.

Special openings April – May 2023

Friday 07, Saturday 08, Monday 10, Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April 2023: 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 09 April 2023 (Easter): closed

Guided tour: € 5.00 full; € 3.50 reduced

Free visit: € 3,00 full; € 2,00 reduced

Excursion or Workshop: € 5,00 full; € 3,50 reduced


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