Balbi Palace in Campo Morone
via Gavino 144 - 16014 Campomorone (GE)
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Puppetry became extremely popular in Genoa during the 19th century, and it was followed by a large public in the many stable theatres that existed in various parts of the city. People gradually lost interest in this tradition in the 1950s, but the Museo delle Marionette of Campomorone keeps it alive.
The intervention aims at developing the exhibition headquarters of the Puppet Museum and expanding into the available areas in Palazzo Balbi, to allow all the material that cannot be seen today to be displayed, and to increase its capacity for a higher number of visitors.

A little bit of history

The Museum is located in Palazzo Balbi and was established in February 1996.
It holds the collection of Angelo Cenderelli, the creator, builder, set designer and animator of his own puppet theatre.

The Cenderelli collection is valuable because of its interest level, and for the richness and complexity of its materials.
The exhibition includes 70 puppets, 265 pieces of costume material, furniture, cabinets, equipment, and also more than 100 scripts, backdrops and proscenium arches.

The intervention

The purpose of the intervention is to develop and enlarge the exhibiting premises of the Puppet Museum into the existing spaces in Palazzo Balbi, in order to exhibit even the material that cannot be seen today, and increase the number of visitors (every year a great number of requests for organized visits have to be refused because the tight spaces only allow a small number of people at a time to visit).
Increasing the room available for the Puppet Museum and adding the remaining items from the Cenderelli collection will considerably increase visits, with resulting consequences at an economic level.

The premises next to those that already host the museum structure will be renovated and restored; the partitions will be demolished, passages will be opened in the main walls, the plasterwork, flooring, and colours will be restored, and the systems will be reinforced.
Traditional material and techniques will be used, with the insertion of innovative elements when restoring the plasterwork and reinforcing the systems.

The opportunity of using other innovative elements will be verified when preparing the working drawings, with particular reference to energy saving and the technical problems tied to preserving and developing the exhibited material.


The ground floor of Palazzo Balbi has some display spaces for temporary exhibitions. More than half the second floor is used for the Municipal library, while the whole underground floor is the location of the Museum of Paleontology and Mineralogy. The remaining part of the building is used as the Town Hall.

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