crema interno

The reorganization of the archaeological section of the museum was inaugurated in December 2011. The conclusion of the renovation work of the so-called ‘new entrances’ made larger spaces available to been used to renovate the exhibition arrangement. The museum is housed in the Monastery of St. Augustine, founded in 1439. Here was established the Augustinian Order of Lombardy and the monastery quickly become a very important centre of scholarship and writing, whose codices, of great value, were exchanged with major Augustinian monasteries, such as that of the Our Lady of the Crown of Milan. It is for this reason that the monastery and its events, as well as the architectural restoration by Amos Edallo, were integrated into the exhibition during the 60s. The first two rooms, indeed, deal with these themes with an impressive wall display. The exhibition then winds its way through four rooms, which display materials coming exclusively from the surrounding area, in order to illustrate the characteristics of the settlement of Cremasco across different eras. In the new museum arranged, stressed is placed on the importance of the Vidolasco site, representing the Late Bronze Age, which has brought to light a great quantity of ceramics of a variety of forms and decorations. On display is the complete collection of Padana coins from the treasury of Rivolta d'Adda and the Roman coin hoard from Camisano. In the last room are significant elements of the medieval and Renaissance decoration of the Cathedral, used, since the fifties in archaeological investigations relating to restoration work. At the end of the exhibition, a video room show two films; one on the restoration of the monastery and the other regarding the relation between the museum and the territory of Cremasco. Within the archaeological section of the museum, a tour for the blind has been set up with tactile captions concerning the most significant finds. A museum guide is also available in Braille and can be picked up at reception. Outside, panels in three languages indicate the original use of the monastery spaces. In the two cloisters, special panels introduce visitors to the characters and significant events in the history of Crema written about in the inscriptions along the walls.

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