Luogo - Museum
Museo delle tradizioni popolari
Where largo Maria de De Mattias, 7, Canepina (Viterbo)
Inaugurated in 1988, this is one of the first anthropological museums opened in the Lazio Region, and is a reference point for the entire Tuscia Cimina area. It is housed in a former Carmelite convent, one of the most interesting architectonic complexes of the area. The exhibition rooms are divided on the two floors of the right wing of the convent, including the 18th century cloister where agricultural machines and tools are exhibited. Inside the objects are divided by themes: the ground floor is devoted to childhood, with school and games themes, and religious life. The access staircase and the first floor are dedicated to economic life with documentation on local activities and trades, from basket making to chair making and coopering, from weaving to agriculture and pastoral farming. There is an accurate reconstruction of a typical Canepina kitchen and a section regarding the family life cycle with testimonies linked to different moments, from pregnancy to the cult of the dead. Worth noting: the Room that reconstructs in minimum detail an elementary school classroom of the late 60s; documentation regarding the festival of Saint Anthony the Abbot, one of the most important local festivals; and six bells that testify to the development of bronze working techniques in the area.