In the Maremma, art can be admired in all its forms, from the most ancient testimonies to those of modern times. In nearly every town of the area there is an exhibition space of some kind, where the history of that land and its people is told with amazing wealth and variety.
The main themes of the territory revolve around the heritage of prehistory and of the Etruscan era; the mineral and metal extraction and working tradition; and the environment with the variety of its landscapes, where sacred art has a place next to contemporary art.
The authorities of the Province of Grosseto have created a complete guide to the territory’s network of museums, grouping them in the 5 geographic areas that make up the Maremma.
COLLINE METALLIFERE: The museums here reflect primarily the impact that the mineral resources have had on the area from the past to the present. There are also different museums dedicated to art and history.
Massa Marittima: 1. Ancient carpenter’s shop; 2. Ancient oil mill; 3. Aquarium; 4. Museum of Sacred Art and Contemporary Art Collection; 5. Massa Marittima’s Archaeology Museum; 6. Santa Cecilia Musem of Pipe Organs ; 7. Massa Marittima’s Mine Museum; 8. Museum of Art and of Mines’ History ; 9. Lake Accesa Archaeology Museum; 10. Torre del Candeliere e Cassero Senese
Gavorrano: 11. Davide Manni Documentation Center; 12. Natural Mine Park
Follonica: 13. MAGMA Museum of Iron Arts; 14. Civic Art Gallery
Scarlino: 15. Etruscan Territory Documentation Center; 16. Riccardo Francovich Documentation Center; 17. Portus Scabris Archaeology Museum
MONTE AMIATA: Mount Amiata does not have large museums, but features a network of small exhibition places grouped in 3 types: historic and historic-artistic, demo-ethno-anthropological, and environment sites.
Arcidosso: 1. Mount Amiata Fauna Park Visitors’ Centre; 2. The David Lazzaretti Study Centre
Castel del Piano: 3. Giardino di Piero Bonacina; 4. Montenero d’Orcia – Museum of the Vine and Wine; 5. Palazzo Nerucci – Art Collection
Cinigiano: 6. Monticello Amiata – Museum House
Santa Fiora: 7. Museum of the Mercury Mines of Mount Amiata
Roccalbegna: 8. S.Caterina – Santa Caterina Ethnographic Museum
GROSSETO & CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA: Archaeology and the environment are the two strengths of the central area of the Maremma, featuring mainly the towns of Etruscan origin, Roselle and Vetulonia.
Grosseto: 1. Museum of Archaeology and Art of the Maremma; 2. Museum of Sacred Art of the Diocese of Grosseto; 3. Museum of Natural History of the Maremma
Castiglione della Pescaia: 4. Vetulonia – The Isidoro Falchi Archaeology Museum; 5. Ximenes – Red House Multimedia Museum
COLLINE DEL FIORA E DELL’ALBEGNA: The area of the Fiora hills is characterized by the tufa rock both in the countryside and in the architecture of the area, and features many archaeological and monumental remains.
Pitigliano: 1. Open-Air Archaeological Museum; 2. Civic Archaeology Museum; 3. Museum of Palazzo Orsini; 4. Hebrew Itinerary: Jewish Museum, Synagogue and Ghetto
Sorano: 5. Orsini Castle Museum of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; 6. Parco Archeologico “Città del tufo”; 7. Polo Museale di Sovana – Museo di San Mamiliano
Manciano: 8. Saturnia – Archaeology Museum (Ciacci Collection); 9. Museum of Prehistory and Proto-History of the Valle del Fiora
Scansano: 10. Archaeology Museum and Museum of the Vine and Wine
COSTA D’ARGENTO: The museums of the southern coast are dedicated to the sea, not only from an environmental viewpoint but for its archaeology, history and local traditions.
Monte Argentario: 1. Mediterranean Aquarium of the Costa d’Argento; 2. Permanent Exhibition In The Spanish Fortress: Submerged Memories And Shipwrights
Orbetello: 3. Talamone – Aquarium of the Lagoon of Orbetello; 4. Archaeology Museum; 5. Albinia – Museum of Country Life
For a description of each museum, opening hours and fees, visit Musei di Maremma official website (text, photos and map used in this blog post have been taken from www.museidimaremma.it