Ettore Guatelli Museum

Visit this extraordinary museum where over 60,00 everyday objects are on view, creating a spectacular visual experience


Museo Ettore Guatelli
Via Nazionale 130, Parma

60,000 everyday objects lining the walls of the Ettore Guatelli Museum, an extraordinary museum where objects are placed on the walls and ceilings according to geometric patterns and creating a spectacular load of visual suggestions. The museum is the result of the collection and preparation to which Ettore Guatelli (1921-2000) devoted much of his life, and now, thanks to Fondazione Ettore Guatelli Museum, welcomes visitors from around the world. The museum is now managed by Ettore Guatelli Museum Foundation was founded with the aim to collect the legacy of Ettore Guatelli and then create a body of the museum.

Opening dates and times:

Everyday, upon reservation, from March 1st to December 10, from 10:00am to 12:00noon, and from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Closed from December 11 to March 1.

Guided visits in Italian included in the cost of the ticket. Guided visits in English, French and German, upon reservation at least 48 hours before the visit, for groups up to 15 people.

Reservations must be made at least 1 business day before the visit for single visitors; at least 7 days before for groups from 15 to 80 people.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: After succesfully completing a reservation, you will receive two e- mails: the copy of your order (immediately after submitting your order) and the confirmation mail (one working day after). In order to receive them, please make sure you insert your e-mail address correctly and check that your anti-spam filter or antivirus are not blocking mails from our address [email protected] Special attention for AOL mailbox users.

PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time on the same date if requested time is sold out.

Cancellation policy: it's possible to cancel at least 1 day before the visit in order to receive a refund of the cost of tickets, minus service fee. Further cancellations and no shows are not refundable.

How to get there:

Ettore Guatelli Museum is located in Ozzano Taro, Collecchio, about 20 kilometers away from Parma and 6 from Fornovo.

From Parma: it can be easily by the Strada Statale 62 Cisa, towards La Spezia. Museum is located at the exit of Ozzano village, to the left in front of TAMOIL gas station.

From Milan or La Spezia: Fornovo Taro exit, towards Parma. After a few kilometers, just after the Riccò village, museum is located to the right.

Before You Book

PLEASE NOTE: Immediately after submitting an order, you will receive two emails. The first email contains your order summary (this one you receive immediately after placing your order), the second email confirms your successful payment (one business day after placing the order). In order to receive these two emails, please make sure that you enter your email address correctly and check that antispam or antivirus filters do not block emails from our [email protected] address. Users of AOL, Comcast and need to pay special attention to this, please. Vouchers will also be available, one business day after the request, at your dashboard.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, will be automatically confirmed if your preferred time is no longer available.

Ettore Guatelli Museum

The history of everyday life in 20th century Italy comes alive at the Ettore Guatelli Museum. The story is told through 60,000 items cleverly displayed along the walls and ceilings of the spaces of everyday life, the result of sixty years of collecting and continuous rearranging of a primary school teacher in the province of Parma – Ettore Guatelli.

Ettore was born in Guatelli Ozzano Taro in the province of Parma, in 1921. Eldest son of farmers, the frailty of his body due to bone tuberculosis detected at an early age kept him from work in the fields.

During the war years, Ettore met Attilio Bertolucci, the Italian poet and writer, and father of film directors Bernardo and Giuseppe Bertolucci. A strong and lasting friendship grew between the two men, and Attilio became a figure of fundamental importance to Ettore. In 1945, he qualified as a primary school teacher, a title which gave him the opportunity to substitute teach at various schools in the province of Parma.

During the 1940s and 1950s, driven also by the desire to help support the family, Ettore Guatelli manifested a keen interest in the objects of material culture. Through indefatigable research aimed at the collection of those objects too "obvious" to be considered important, Ettore Guatelli accumulated such a quantity of objects to soon qualify it as a “museum collection,” arousing also the interest of many intellectuals, writers, and scholars.

Ettore Guatelli's continuous documentation of the material world bears witnesses to the stories of working men and women, together with a completely original and aesthetically pleasing display, creating a visual monument to everyday life and work, inviting the visitor to reflect on the potential of a collecting seemingly "obvious" objects.

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