A Century of the Museo Zannato

Founded in 1922 by Giuseppe Zannato, it exhibits unique findings, from Prehistory to the High Middle Age. The natural history preserves one of the biggest paleontological collection of the Veneto region and of international relevance.

Archeologia e Scienze Naturali

The Museum preserves and exhibits archaeological and naturalistic relevances, mostly related to the Agno-Chiampo territory, carries out scientific research, educational and cultural activities. It is the cultural reference point for citizens of the West Vicenza area for the archaeology and natural sciences. The collection of fossil crabs stands out for its international importance; other naturalistic collections related to  minerals, gems and living animals from the Vicenza area are well renowed. Archaeological heritage ranges from prehistoric times to the Longobards.

Founded in 1922 as a private museum by Giuseppe Zannato, it became municipal in 1983. In 1983 it occupied only three exhibit rooms, later increasing to seven in 1998. At this time the headquarters were in the basement of the Civic Library (Villa Lorenzoni). From 2007 it expanded to the entire building of Villa Lorenzoni and consists now of twelve exhibits rooms, staff offices, research lab and large deposits.

In the early years it was supported by a variety of collaborations, with different roles. In particular, the role supported by the Friends of the Museum Association stands out for its constant and qualified contribution. However, there was no lack of strong commitment from the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto and the University of Padua. Today these collaborations continue, but direct municipal management is ensured by the tenured presence of two curators (archaeologist and naturalist), a Director and external educational operators.

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