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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.
The museum is open all year round (except New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, 15th August and Christmas):

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. / 2.30 – 5.30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday – Public holidays (October to May): 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. / 2.30 – 5.30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday – Public holidays (June to September): 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. / 3 – 6 p.m.

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