Hundreds of documents, images and stories from all regions of Italy are kept in the Museum, all together to tell one big story: the farewells, the encounter and the clash with the foreign country, nostalgia , the daily joys and sorrows, the integration into the new reality, the defeats and victories, the comparison and reflection with immigration today. A choir trip, which has as its protagonist the emigrant.
The Museum of Emigration, named after Pietro Conti, first President of the Umbria region, was founded in 2003 by the will of the municipal administration of Gualdo Tadino to evoke and emphasize the historical, cultural and human value related to the great exodus that involved Italy from the late nineteenth century, covering more than 27 million people. In this context, the incidence of the Umbrian population, initially negligible, becomes relevant starting from the early years of the twentieth century, up to the 7 th place in the period 1911-1913 in the list of regions with the highest emigration. Gualdo Tadino together with the towns in the Apennines, is the protagonist of this important historical and human events.
The Museum visit:
made with the involving technique of video projections, the museum has the exclusive documentary material Rai Teche, and that of the Radio Television of Switzerland on the Italian emigration abroad, consists of movies, news reports and documentaries. The museum, housed in the Palazzo del Podestà and Torre Civica (XII), involves the viewer in an emotional journey back: the arrival of emigrants abroad, aggregation, community life, food, religion, employment, work in the mines. In the second section, the adventure of travel, rare and moving images of transoceanic crossings, monitors emerging from old cardboard suitcases and old trunks, bells sound telling precious testimonies of arduous and perilous journeys on board of slow and crammed ships. The third module is devoted to the departure, to the reasons that led millions of Italians to emigrate to foreign lands, not always hospitable host countries, the difficulties of integration, the production of many documents to avoid being turned away at the border.
Days and opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00 - 13.00 / 16.00 - 18.30
Sunday and holidays: 16:00 to 18:30
Closed: Mondays, Dec. 25, Jan. 1.