Fair targeted to families
Edumusei: the region of Tuscany presents its educational project at Art&Tourism
MILAN, Italy - What is EDUMUSEI? The strength of a museum today lies not merely in the value of its assets, but above all in, its abilities to promote and publicize itself using specialist services. In such a context, the educational activities addressed to schools are fundamental, since, on the one hand they bring young people closer to the cultural heritage of their region, and on the other they stimulate important debate between schools and museums in an osmosis of knowledge and methodologies.
EDUMUSEI is a centralized online database to enhance and promote the educational activities carried out by museums in Tuscany; it tries to strengthen the relationship between the school programs and the educational programs in the museums, and it provides a useful tool for organizing school trips in the local area.
Since 2006 teachers who enroll in EDUMUSEI have received the Edumuseicard, which entitles them to many benefits offered by the museums in Tuscany such as reduced entrance price, discounts on products in the bookshop and museum publications, facilitations for educational activities, and they can request some of the Tuscan region’s publications free of charge. It is definitely worthwhile for any teacher to visit the Edumusei circuit and learn about the educational activities proposed which can then be presented to the class.
The Edumusei stand is located in Pavilion Cavaniglia, and for the three days of the fair it will host 11 museums in Tuscany, each of which will present one of their educational workshops targeted at families. The museums featured are:
“Il Cassero” for 19th and 20th century Italian sculpture - Montevarchi/Arezzo
Horne Museum - Florence
Museum of straw and weaving - Signa/Florence
Maremma Museum of archaeology and art – Grosseto
Museum of the Mediterranean - Livorno
Diocesan Museum - Massa
Natural History Museum - Calci/Pisa
Country Culture Museum- Casole del Monte/Pistoia
Museum of Planetary Science - Prato
Bambimus – Santa Maria della Scala – Siena
Civic archaeological museum - Camaiore/Lucca
The Edumusei stand includes a specially-designed space with a photo gallery to learn about the above-mentioned museums. In addition, 19 other museums and archaeological sites located throughout the region are also featured. They all pay particular attention to offering education workshops targeted at families, schools and adults.
These 19 structures are:
Maec – Museum of the Etruscan Academy and the city of Cortona – Cortona/Arezzo
Aboca Museum – Sansepolcro/Arezzo
Children’s Museum – Palazzo Vecchio – Florence
Parco minerario of Gavorrano – Gavorrano/Grosetto
Archaeological Museum – Orbetello/Grosetto
Parco archeologico of Baratti and Populonia – Livorno
Parco archeominerario of San Silvestro – Livorno
Cathedral Museum – Lucca
Museo archeologico of Massaciuccoli – Lucca
Museum of Sculpture – Carrara
Malaspina Castle – Massa Carrara
Museo della Geotermia – Larderello/Pisa
Museum of the Piaggio Foundation – Pontedera/Pisa
Civic Museum – Pistoia
Paper Museum – Pescia/Pistoia
Museo Opera del Duomo – Prato
Pecci Museum – Prato
Museo della Mezzadria – Buonconvento/Siena
Museum of Prehistory – Cetona/Siena
A video touch screen showing the provincial capitals in the region of Tuscany is available. It allows visitors to get an introduction to the area selected and to browse the museums included to have more in-depth details on the education offer presented.