The province of Macerata, like the region and the whole country, represents a concentration of a vast array of types of museum. The capillary presence of such a high number of museums is a particular characteristic of Italy with its enormous wealth of heritage that documents the country’s history and culture.
The many museum structures in the province, along with its città d’arte [cities of art] and historic towns and villages, produce a kind of extended museum that contribute to making the Italian peninsula what it is.
The structures in the province of Macerata form part of the over four hundred museums and collections that comprise the regional network, all of different types and corporate status, but which constitute an invaluable reminder of the history, culture, art, archaeology and traditions of this area.
While travelling from town to town visitors can come across museums and collections that conserve and display outstanding masterpieces of painting, sculpture, religious gold items and applied arts, alongside exhibits of peasant life, natural science and history, fossils or the tradition of nativity cribs. No less important are the noble residences, which house fine collections that emerged thanks to the foresight of refined art lovers, such as the Piersanti Museum, Lanciano and Rancia Castles, Palazzo Castiglioni and also Pallotta Castle. Still today, these magnificent homes are open to the public.
Presentations of the structures in the TUMA tourist promotion portal created by the Fondazione CARIMA include textual descriptions and images and offer a virtual opportunity to see their exhibited contents, accompanying potential visitors through the various types of museum.