Much of what is displayed in the museum and is in its archives comes from donations.
In its early days, these were often almost unintentional: machinery and work tools bound to be thrown away because they were no longer used, blades abandoned in cellars or attics and regarded as irrelevant. Many artefacts were even retrieved in metal junk yards.
Had these donations not occurred, today we’d have lost an immense material and immaterial heritage of know-how, expertise and traditions of Maniago workshops.
Since the Museum opened, the donation system has been perfectioned and hundreds of pieces went from being privately owned to becoming the heritage of the city of Maniago and its community.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE AN OBJECT AT HOME AND WANT TO DONATE IT TO THE MUSEUM?
- Call the museum or better send an e-mail attaching some pictures of the item(s) you want to donate.
- The museum’s Scientific Technical Committee evaluates the acquisition of the object, which will, if approved, become a museum exhibit.
- The item(s) will then be acquired: the donor fills in a simple form, and by City Council Resolution, the municipality of Maniago gains full ownership.