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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


WINTER HOURS (from 1 October to 30 June):

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10.00 - 12.30
  • Friday: 10.00 - 12.30 and 14.00  - 17.00
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 - 13.00 and 14.00  - 17.00

SUMMER HOURS (from 1 July to 30 September)

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10.00 - 12.30
  • Friday and Saturday: 15.00 - 20.00
  • Sunday: 10.00 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 19.00


- Free ticket for children or young people up to 14 years of age and disabled.

- Full ticket € 6,00

- Reduced ticket € 3.00 for over 65, students 14-26 years and groups of at least 26 people.

- Reduced ticket € 4,00 for groups (minimum 10 , maximum 25 people ).


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    Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry
    Provincia di Varese