The International Museum of Women in Art -MIDA - is the only one of its kind in Italy and Europe. It is located in the municipality of SCONTRONE, a small village of 200 inhabitants, and has so far supplied 100 works of painting, sculpture and photography by one hundred artists from 35 countries around the world.
The Museum, the only one of its kind in Abruzzo, is housed in the Ducal Castle of Palena, a recently restored building dating back to the 11th century. It consists of three sections: the Knowledge Room, the Aventine Room, the Palena Room.
The Museum contains more than a thousand objects: most of them date back to the period between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, but some wooden artifacts also date back to the eighteenth century. It summarizes and enhances the peculiar and original aspects of the forestry and pastoral civilization and of the craftsmanship of the Teramo area.
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.
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".