PERMANENT EXHIBITION

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Area 1 FROM MYSTERY TO CIVILIZATION

Area 1
FROM MYSTERY TO CIVILIZATION

Mountains have always inspired fear. Inhabited by gods and demons, dragons and evil beings, dispensers of landslides, avalanches and floods, they were places of mystery to be explored and tamed. But mountain civilisation has gone beyond this: even where nature was at...

Area 2 COMMUNICATIONS

Area 2
COMMUNICATIONS

Mountains, and the Alps in particular, can act to unify the people living in the valleys or to separate the people of the opposing plains. The Romans already had to resolve the problem of crossing the Alps in order to connect up their empire. Today, railways and roads...

Area 3 TOURISM AND MOUNTAINEERING

Area 3
TOURISM AND MOUNTAINEERING

Rocciamelone was climbed in 1358 by Bonifacio Rotario of Asti, but this was an isolated event. In actual fact, townspeople discovered the Alps only towards the end of the 18th century, driven by scientific reports and by the emotions of romantic spirits. After Haller,...

Area 4 THE ITALIAN ALPINE CLUB

Area 4
THE ITALIAN ALPINE CLUB

When the Italian Alpine club was founded in the 19th century there was no division between mountaineering practice and scientific research. Quintino Sella, finance minister of the newly-fledged Kingdom of Italy, was equally at ease on rock faces or in geology...

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Area 5  WINTER MOUNTANEERING

Area 5
WINTER MOUNTANEERING

The most extreme boundary is winter mountaineering, which originated on Uja di Mondrone in December 1874 with the ascent of Castagneri, Martelli and Vaccarone. Climbing the mountains in the most unfavourable season meant breaking the final taboo of valley...

Area 6 SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS

Area 6
SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS

Skiing did not originate as recreation, but as a means for moving over the snow for the populations of north Europe. Known and practised in the north for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, skiing arrived in the Alps only at the end of the 19th century, when...

Area 7 MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE EUROPE

Area 7
MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE EUROPE

The most truthful representation of the dimensions of the Himalayas is offered by the east face of Monte Rosa, which dominates the Macugnaga valley and the plain around Novara. But the day came when not even the Monte Rosa was enough to satisfy the mountaineers. With...

Area 8 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Area 8
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

For almost a thousand years, Alpine civilisation developed in a balanced equilibrium between nature and culture. Man drew resources from the environment without ever going beyond the limits of the resources themselves. With 19th- and 20th-century industrialisation,...

Area 9 PIACENZA COLLECTION

Area 9
PIACENZA COLLECTION

Mario Piacenza was born in 1884 at Pollone, near Biella, not far from Turin, into a family of industrialists dedicated to wool manufacturing from several generations. He carried out various activities in the field of mountaineering and was also the director of the...

Area 10 THE TURIN 2006 OLYMPIC MUSEUM

Area 10
THE TURIN 2006 OLYMPIC MUSEUM

In 2006, on the occasion of the XX Winter Olympic Games and the IX Winter Paralympic Games, Turin and its valleys experienced a moment of great appreciation and were at the centre of international attention. The Museomontagna conserves the memory of the sports events...

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Alpine Lookout – Rooftop Terrace

Alpine Lookout – Rooftop Terrace

Vista panoramica sull’arco alpino. La Vedetta Alpina e la Terrazza Panoramica sono una location unica al mondo, che offre una vista affascinante sullo skyline cittadino e sui 400 chilometri di arco alpino che da qui si possono osservare.