Ettore Guatelli Museum

Ettore Guatelli Museum

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

Probably one of the most original museums you'll ever see!

Visit the extraordinary Ettore Guatelli Museum, where over 60,000 everyday objects are placed on the walls and ceilings according to geometric patterns, creating a spectacular visual experience. The museum is the result of the collection and preparation to which the primary school teacher Ettore Guatelli (1921-2000) devoted much of his life, telling the story of life and work in 20th century Italy. The museum, now managed by the Ettore Guatelli Museum Foundation, was founded with the aim to collect the legacy of Ettore Guatelli and to create a museum that could welcome visitors from around the world.


Museo Ettore Guatelli

Via Nazionale 130

43046 Ozzano Taro Collecchio (Parma)



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

Closed from December 11 to March 1.


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

Reservations must be submitted at least 1 business day before the visit for single visitors, at least 7 days before for groups with 15 to 80 people.

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  • The Ettore Guatelli Museum is located at Via Nazionale 130 in 43046 Ozzano Taro Collecchio, about 20 km / 13 miles from Parma and 6 km / 4 miles from Fornovo.

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

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.

The ticket includes the guided visit in Italian and in English, French, and German. Guided visits in English, French, and German must be reserved at least 48 hours before the visit, for groups of up to 15 people.

Full Price Ticket

Reduced Price Ticket for groups of at least 15, school groups, and persons over 65 years of age.

Free Admission for persons with disabilities and their companion, members of ICOM, members of SIMBDEA, journalists with professional ID, children up to 12 years of age, teachers accompanying a class.

WARNING: Admission to booked site or service will be denied without presenting the voucher or the ticket. Presenting a copy of the order form does by not give you the right to be admitted. No exceptions can be made to this rule.
Technical organization Fondazione Museo Ettore Guatelli Provided by Fondazione Museo Ettore Guatelli
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