The museum, an old idea of the Roccacaramanico Association founded in 1981 with the primary aim of restoring life to the ancient village depopulated by the total emigration of the inhabitants and destined to complete ruin, is in the name of the girls from Albignasego and Saonara (PD), Diana Olivetti and Tamara Gobbo, who spent their holidays in a nearby farm and August 20, 1997, during a trip to Morrone, were attacked by a Macedonian shepherd.
Composed of two floors: the lower floor, linked to the Middle Ages, by the architecture, sculptures and frescoes, the upper room, divided into themed rooms, including the jewelry, the picture gallery, the wooden sculpture, the room codes and the room vestments bishop.
Opened to the public in December 2003, it is one of the most important sacred art museums in the region and a real treasure trove of works of art. It is located in the large rooms adjacent to the Cathedral of St. Thomas the Apostle, a building of early Christian origin renovated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
In the museum have found significant evidence of centuries of history of the Ortonese church: paintings, sculptures, goldsmiths, sacred vestments, votive offerings and wooden furniture from the Cathedral and churches of the City.
The Diocesan Museum of Lanciano is one of the most important museums of sacred art in the Abruzzo region. Opened to the public in 2002 by Monsignor Carlo Ghidelli, the museum is the result of a meticulous research of ancient works, curated by Monsignor Enzio D'Antonio, at the archiepiscopal seat and the various churches of Lanciano, some of which have been deconsecrated for centuries. The museum is located inside the Seminary building, 17th century building, seat of the Archdiocese.
The Civic Didactic Museum of Medieval and Renaissance musical instruments was inaugurated on August 12, 2000. Currently the Museum has five rooms, at the Doge's Palace, with a collection of 52 "reconstructions", where we find instruments used from the eighth century AD to the end of the sixteenth century. It should be noted that the educational term means that the instruments of this Museum are not original but rather reconstructed on historical bases, iconographic for the medieval ones, iconographic or copied from originals for the Renaissance ones.
The Museum presents rather heterogeneous material: the naturalistic collections, some archaeological finds as evidence of the Mediterranean civilizations and a small picture gallery with paintings of the XVI-XVIII century, reliquaries, sacred volumes of Coptic art and the precious Christogram of 1426.
In 2004 was inaugurated the Museum of Popular Traditions, located in the town hall, named after Prof. Alfonso M. Nola, famous anthropologist, who died in 1997, honorary citizen of Cocullo for his long attendance and studies conducted on the traditional Feast of San Domenico - Rite of the Serpari.
The central space of the Museum is dedicated to the Multimedia Exhibition, realized by the publishing house Sinapsi, curated by Prof. Valerio Petrarca.
The Museum is located in the heart of the historic center, inside a tower from whose terrace you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Sagittarius Valley and Lake San Domenico. The Museum preserves a collection of objects of peasant art. In the premises of the old Town Hall there is also a "Centre of documentation on the traditions of the work of Villalago".
Important ethnographic collection including the costumes of various towns of Abruzzo, products of artistic craftsmanship, including ceramics of Castelli, ex-voto, tools and tools for domestic use and for the work of sheep-farming. It also houses the finds ordered by the local Archeoclub relating to prehistoric material, Italic objects, including a bronze helmet, and material from the Roman era.
The Museum of Textile Creative Arts (NACT) collects a collection of fashion history from the end of the eighteenth century to the first after the war. With more than 500 pieces, it represents one of the largest Italian collections in nineteenth-century textile history. The museum was created to preserve and celebrate the history of Civitella: royal city, noble city, frontier city, city of great cultural and commercial exchanges.