Luogo - Museum
Museo storico e scientifico del tabacco
Where Via Toscana, 5/E, Città di Castello (Perugia)
The Historic-Scientific Museum of Tobacco The Museo Storico e Scientifico del Tabacco is housed in the former Tobacco Farmer Consortium building, near the train yard of San Giustino. The building that once was a tobacco warehouse is now the premises of the Museum. The edifice was built at the end of the 19th century by the Municipality of San Giustino. The structure was expanded in the following years and remained active until 1992, when the tobacco processing was transferred to the industrial area, inside the new warehouses. The Museum is unique in its genre, the structure hosting it is of notable historical interest both for documenting tobacco cultivation and its manufacturing stages, and for the importance this has had on the economy of the territory. At first entirely dedicated to tobacco processing, the Museum was founded by the Foundation for the Historic-Scientific Museum of Tobacco, constituted in 1997 by all participants, such as businesses and associations acting in the tobacco productive chain, from farmers to tobacco shops. The Museum, examined the legislation on the matter, and reconstructed the various processing stages distinguishing between three of them: the farming stage—growing and cultivation; the raw-material treatment stage—sorting of the leaves, selection of quality and treatment; the manufacturing stage—the actual production of the final products—sniffing tobacco, cigars and cigarettes. The Foundation also benefits from the involvement of the municipalities of the High Tiber Valley, where the tobacco manufacture was imported for the first time in Italy, at the end of the 16th century, in the territory of the historical Republic of Cospaia, 1441-1826.