Museum of Maritime Civilization


A sea to live, a museum to relive

The Museum is located in the complex of the Wholesale Fish Market and is part of that "Museum of the Sea" which already includes the Museum of Amphorae and the Fish "Capriotti", housed in the same port structure, and which extends to the country alto with the Pinacoteca del Mare housed in Palazzo Piacentini and which is about to be completed with the archaeological section of the Antiquarium (the works are in the start phase).

The Museum of Maritime Civilization is organized by “narrative units”. It starts with a sound cone that spreads different sounds of the sea (from the calm spring to the winter storm).

The voyage
A large fragment of a fishing boat, a sort of ghost boat, symbol of the journey that one is going to undertake in the world of seafaring civilization, characterizes the first “narrative unit”. The boat appears real in the morphological characteristics, the planking, the deck, the joy, the hatch, the rope, but not in the material. The reconstructed hatch, opened by the visitor, welcomes a computer station from which to transmit sea stories directly from the interviewed sailors. The reception space is completed by the plaster sculptures by Marcello Sgattoni.

Sea places
The mainland is narrated and explored on two floors, one regional (a panel describes the various cities of the Marche coast) and one local (the city of San Benedetto del Tronto). In one wall of the route the territory of the Marche coast is described, focusing attention on the urban areas that mark the coast from north to south. In the front part, the evolution of San Benedetto from a village to a seaside city is analyzed.

The crafts of the sea
The integration of multiple skills and abilities applied to genders and generations (men, women, children, elderly) is highlighted, underlining some transformations that have occurred over time as a function of evolution technological. A panel identifies the places where these trades were carried out, also relating them to the ancient toponymy of the city (Squero, via dei Pescivendoli, etc.). The suffocating world of canapini, the activity with which the entire production chain of cordage is born, acts as a counterpoint to the spinning of the wheel exhibited as a symbol of a world that has disappeared physically, but not in memory.

The common sea: the Adriatic.
The visitor in this room, intentionally located in front of the port, can feel the expansion of the reference horizon: the Adriatic, a common sea in which different cultures Euro-Asians have confronted over time. An Adriatic identity card provides an accurate knowledge of this closed basin but still part of the broad reality of the Mediterranean. A seat facing the harbor also allows the visitor to linger and learn more information from a sound narrative.

The port
The terrace overlooking the port has been transformed into an exhibition occasion, intercepting the current port reality within the museum narrative path. The balcony is a sort of large caption on the functional organization of the port, placing situations, activities, objects of the present over time, in order to show not only the profound evolution of the place, but also the transformations of traditional models of life and work. .

The art of building
The shipwrights and shipbuilding are communicated through photographic and video documentation. The boat and fishing This section is dedicated to the study and knowledge of the Paranza (the museum's symbolic boat) whose 1:10 scale model occupies the center of the room and was created by Gilberto Penzo, one of the most accredited professionals in the field. . On the back wall, after talking about the evolution from sailing to motor boats, the epic of ocean fishing is discussed.

The rope, the nets, the sails
Each section explores the methods of production: from the material to the object, to use, also depending on technological evolution. In the case of the rope, the wheel (a suggestive element in the crafts section) is the means to enter the world of real production.

own and understand the entire cycle. The sails, analyzed in their technical characteristics (latin sail, third sail, square sail) according to the boat, are also studied from a symbolic point of view, thus creating the necessary intersection to get to communicate the anthropology of the marine world.

The landing
The opportunity was thus taken to create a narrative unit dedicated to the beach and the moment of landing. Sea life, so well communicated by the photographic images of the beginning of the last century by Adolfo De Carolis, is given recognition: the section opens up an insight into the most important families of San Benedetto fishermen.

The marketing, the fish industry
The section offers an in-depth study on the theme of the Fish Market as a space and place of marketing, giving the visitor the opportunity to learn about the history of the building in which the museum is housed .

Sea literature
Section dedicated to the theme of the sea, seen as a natural force never tamed by man that gives and has given so much stimulus to writers and poets. The narration deals with the various aspects of sea literature: from the adventure story to the social tale, to the sublime poetry, from the literary production of great authors to the intimate and profound vision of the San Benedetto poet Bice Piacentini.

The video room
It is a pause to explore the various issues related to the seafaring civilization. At the end of the exhibition, we wanted to make room for the Navy Festival, a symbol of today's social participation of a community that remains tied to its symbolic values.

Possibility of guided tours by reservation. Afternoon visits by appointment. For Info:
Address: Banchina di Riva Malfizia, 16
Telephone: 0735/588850 - Fax: 0735/588850
Website Museo della Civiltà Marinara
Free admission

Winter time:

(1 September - 30 June) 9: 00-13: 00
Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Summer hours (1 July - 31 August): 18: 00-24: 00
Monday closed.

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