"Friends of the Museum"

The group which supports the scientific activities of the Museum Zannato from 1992.

History of the Association

The “Friends of the Museum” association was founded in 1992 by a group of paleontological and mineralogist amateurs. In the years, activities and research topics increased and, nowadays, they involved in archeology, botanic, entomology and in many other natural sciences.

The association cooperates with the Municipal Amministration of Montecchio Maggiore and the “Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici del Veneto”.


The noteworthy activities are the excavations in locality Lovara (under the direction of prof. De Guio), the excavation of Castelgomberto (in which was  extracted the fossil of  palms), the excavation of “Castelli Superiori di Montecchio (in which was extracted a village from the Pre-Roman age), the excavation from a current roman villa in the hospital of Montecchio (in which was extracted an unno funeral equipmet in the query of Canova).


The association provides a laboratory of mineralogical analysis with infrared spectrophotometer. This analysis are known not only in the Veneto region, thank to competence of our member Matteo Boscardin.


For historical and practical reasons, the actions of the Groups are centered in the Vicenza administration, mainly on the Municipality involved in the area of the Museum: Montecchio Maggiore, Brendola, Trissino, Castelgomberto, Montorso, Arzignano, Montebello, Sovizzo e Zermeghedo.

The activities are also centered out of the region, including, for example, the excursion organized for the research of alluvial gold in streams Elvo and Orba (Piemonte).

Deep Time Crabs

A film, which was managed and sponsored by the Friends of the Museum “G. Zannato”, talks about the activities of research, cleaning and study that are developed by the researchers of the Museum with the purpose of protect and enhance the paleontological heritage, in particular way the carcinological one, of the Vicenza area.

A completely new immersion in an aquatic world that no longer exists.

An emotional journey into the chronological abysses of deep time.

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