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International Museum of Ceramic Design

Within the sixteenth-century Palazzo Guilizzoni (which is now known as Perabò) in Cerro is a cloister with porticoes made of granite from Baveno that houses the Civic Collection of Earthenware. The MIDeC (International Museum of Ceramic Design) began with a donation of “Richard Ginori 1735”, which was a clear indication of the museum’s chosen path, and the collection is displayed in eleven rooms on the main floor of the palace. It is a specialist museum that collects and documents earthenware made in the Lombardy area from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century and offers visitors a chance to enjoy very clearly displayed examples of this particular earthenware.

Made with selected clays, earthenware differs from porcelain in that although it is not as strong, it produces outstanding results when decorated. The Wedgwood factory in England was the first to create this new form of earthenware in the 1750s and its popularity soon spread to Italy.





ADDRESS: Lungolago Perabò, 5 - Cerro di Laveno Mombello

OPENING HOURS: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10 am - 13.00pm, 2.30pm - 5.00pm (last entrance 30 minutes before closing time)

TICKETS: Full price ticket € 5  //  Reduced ticket: € 3 over 65, students 14 - 26 yo and groups of minimum 26 persons  //  Free entry for kids under 14 yo // for group 4 €


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