Tubino iron Museum in Masone
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piazza Castello, 2 - 16010 Masone (GE)
Telefono: 010 92 62 10 - 347 14 96 802
Fax: 010 92 62 10
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In the Museo Tubino at Masone iron history is told by new expositive spaces and full accessibility for everybody.

An Augustinian convent transformed in a museum: this, in summary, what happened in Castello place at Masone, historical seat, by now since more than thirty years, of the collections of the local Iron Museum. Distributed on more floors of the extended complex, on the first floor are exhibited in six rooms the ethnographic and archaeological collections and the statuettes of the nativity scenes, whose extended collection includes about one hundred and fifty baroque examples of Neapolitan and Genoese schools realized in pottery, wood and terracotta. In the hall where the statuettes are housed it is exhibited also a wooden group attributed to Garaventa, a Genoese sculptor of the same period of A.M. Maragliano.

The first floor gathers, in addition to offices and the finds warehouse, the collection of lamps, from the Middle Ages till today, the hall dedicated to Andrea Tubino with objects donated by his heirs, a hall dedicated to minerals and fossils, the convent chapel with original furniture, the library and the Museum archive.

The first floor below street level, which opens up a broad courtyard on the side of the valley, is devoted to temporary exhibits, to the mechanized nativity scene and the service halls for learning activities and lectures.

On the second floor below street level, where are conserved the ovens of the 17th century of the convent, was built again with original tools a nail-builders’ smithy.

A little bit of history

The Italsider technician Andrea Tubino, a citizen from Masone fond of antiquities and local history, had the idea of the Museum in the seventies of last century. Tubino collected objects and tools of daily use, old and ancient, strange and precious products, often junked because by now out of fashion.
A unique collection not only for the amount of material gathered (more than four thousand pieces), but also for the determination in an initiative that, for the promoters’ will it was opened to the public although still in foundation phase.

Passed through different names – before Nails Museum, then Archaeological and iron Museum – it became afterwards Valley people use and habit Museum, devoted to Andrea Tubino starting from 1993, a year after the collector’s death.

The intervention

The work on the ex convent of Nostra Signora Assunta, which hosts the “Andrea Tubino” Public Iron Museum includes expansion of the exhibition spaces, repairing the roofing and the creation of a new pedestrian attic, together with general work on windows, floors and walls. The scheduled project interventions are divided into two sectors: one sector involves the demolition of the architectural barriers, while the other involves repair of the roofing and the first interventions for using the attic as a museum. These interventions will extend the spaces that can be used by the public.

The interventions will render the whole complex fully accessible. Easy accessibility to all floors is in fact one of the biggest obstacles: even the ground floor, where the forge and the iron machining workshop are, can only be reached using the narrow and steep internal staircase. The solution will be an external lift to reach all the floors, so guaranteeing access to all the museum rooms.

With the conservative restoration of the wooden structures under the roof, it will be possible to eliminate the infiltrations that cause deterioration.
The insertion of an accessible attic, the necessary plants and preparation of the available space as an exhibition hall or conference room offer new possibilities to widen museum activity connected with meetings, seminars and temporary exhibitions. The specific goals that the project aims to reach are the possibility of using the suggestive spaces of the attic for temporary presentations and meetings.

Nearby

The village of Campo Ligure lies a few kilometres higher up. Having been independent from the Republic of Genoa for a long time, it has deep traces of its medieval past, for example the elegant noble palace of Spinola and the castle that dominates the area from a rocky spur.

The historical centre is a labyrinth of alleys connected to the new village by a medieval bridge with four arches, where tolls were collected in the past.
The fortress can now be visited thanks to recent restoration which improved the accessible spaces, the surrounding walls and the cylindrical tower with merlons. It hosts concerts, festivals and cultural events.

In the past, Campo Ligure was always considered as an important economic and commercial centre. The abundance of water favoured paper making, and iron and textile working.

It has been famous for being a filigree town since 1884. In the about twenty laboratories strewn around the main roads it is possible to admire master craftsmen who create delicate embroideries with very fine gold and silver threads, which they use to create jewels, crosses and watches.
Among the most precious pieces in the town Filigree Museum is a wonderful aviary from the 18th century, a collection of about 200 historical pieces from the Enlightenment.

Between August and September the national Exhibition of jewellery made from gold and silver filigree takes place, and it is the perfect occasion to taste the local dishes: revzora, which is a kind of flat bread made with a mix of wheat and maize flour, and brawn (or head cheese).

Oddities

With more than 500 kilometres of trails, Beigua Park (www.parcobeigua.it) boasts the widest footpath network of Liguria, the possibility of doing mountain biking, horse-riding, mountaineering and canyoning and a varied network of accommodation structures.
Some of the most interesting footpaths lead to the Rio Negro tarn, mount Rama, the “shelter under a rock” and the megalithic road of Alpicella or the southern slope of mount Argentea where bird watchers go, and also the Lipu (Bird Protection Society) Reserve in Dente mountain.

Canyon, thick durmast, beech and chestnut forests, meadows, ponds, steep cliffs, Mediterranean vegetation: twenty-eight kilometres of mountainous ridges with a sea view from the Turchino Pass to the Colle del Giovo.
Beigua park is Liguria’s largest natural regional park.

The culminating point of a long and narrow upland which stretches parallel to the coast, the Beigua group rises up to 1287 metres. The Beigua group, recognised as an “International Geopark” in 2005 by Unesco, tells visitors about a peculiar aspect of Ligurian history composed of spectacular forms shaped by the wind and water, ancient ocean floors and fossils.

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