Over 1000 boxes all Italian, produced between 1890 and 1950
The Museum of Ancient Tin Boxes, better known as Casa delle Scatole, is the unique Italian museum dedicated to this theme of historical re-enactment, with a collection of over 1000 Italian tin boxes produced between 1890 and 1950.
The museum, which is set up as a permanent exhibition, comes from the private collection of Marina Durand de la Penne, open to the public in November 2000 at Gerano with the aim of preserving, promoting and enhancing the cultural heritage preserved in these simple objects of era of daily use.
In addition to admiring the quality of the exhibited products, visitors can immerse themselves in their memories and embark on a nostalgic journey into an Italy of other times, retracing the national history through the fascinating depictions present on the boxes.
The museum section, housed in a house in the historic center of Gerano converted into exhibition space at the initiative of the same owner of the collection, chronologically exposes over 1000 boxes that mainly contained confectionery products such as biscuits, chocolate, sweets and cocoa: from the first made at the end of the 'Nineteenth in full industrialization, then passing through monarchy, fascism, Africa campaign, war and post-war up to the economic boom.
Among the pieces on display stands a pack dated March 11, 1929 and signed by Gabriele d'Annunzio that shows a particular appreciation of the poet towards the product in question, biscuits he says are better than some famous English competitors.
The historical changes, artistic trends and fashions that have happened in our country are told through these food containers, which also reveal the evolution of graphics and advertising.
The setting of the rooms, on a single level, resumes an old shop at the beginning of the century, with posts that explore themes such as the Royals of Savoy, the Holy Year, the Illustrators, inevitably crossing some historic Italian firms such as the Talone and the One.
The museum is accessible to people with motor disabilities, but the location in the historic center of the country does not allow easy access to the entrance.
The museum is accessible to people with visual impairments (visually impaired or visually impaired) who through the manipulation can perceive shape, size and relief depictions of the boxes.