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Museo Scalabrini


Address: Via Francesco Torta, 14
Telephone: +39 0523 348611


Opening hours: upon request


The museum was created thanks to a series of donations that began right after the death of Giovanni Battista Scalabrini (1905), especially by close collaborators of the bishop such as Monsignor Camillo Mangot, Monsignor Ludovico Mondini, Carlo Spallazzi. The final and recent location nearby Stradone Farnese was realised thanks to the collaboration of Prof. Paolo Perotti on the project by the architect Paolo Dallanoce.

The entrance to the museum is through a granite staircase with a barrel vault. In the entrance hall a short photographic sequence shows the Italian migratory phenomenon, an aspect under the pastoral care of the bishop from Piacenza; in the vault above the entrance hall there is a painting by Nazzareno Sidoli depicting Scalabrini in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and along the staircase there are the portraits of important people in the history of the Congregation.

Galleria dei Padri Scalabriniani includes about 100 pieces like canvases and sculptures dating between the 16th and the 21st century. Among the artworks worth mentioning there are several paintings of the Virgin Mary by Benvenuto Tisi called ‘Garofalo’ and Giovanni Battista Trotti called ‘Malosso’; a Crocifisso (Crucifix) attributed to Francesco Cairo and a San Pietro in preghiera (Saint Peter praying) attributed to Guercino. Particularly interesting for the 18th century the Capricci architettonici (architectural fantasies) by Neapolitan artists.

Moreover, the museum includes numerous paintings by artists from Piacenza who worked between the 19th and the 20th century like Francesco Ghittoni, Pacifico and Giuseppe Sidoli. In 1926-1927 Vanni Rossi from Bergamo painted Madonna col Bambino (Virgin with Child) and Quindici misteri del rosario (the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary). Among other artists exhibited there are Vittorio Matteo Corcos and Luigi Morgari.

To the group of figurative art belong furniture, devotional objects, parchments, valuable gifts received by Monsignor Scalabrini for his Episcopal Jubilee in 1901, which reflect his life style, his interests, and the intense piety and spirituality of Beato Scalabrini.

The museum in part of the core of the Musei Diocesani, since November 2019 it has become "Museo Emigrazione Scalabrini" and new technological supples have been added to make the museum experience deeper.

May 09, 2020 - Dec 13, 2014