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MUSA Museo del sale - Cervia

interior of the museum
Via Nazario Sauro, 24 - Cervia
Opening hours: info +39 0544 977592 or 0544 993435
Phone: +39 0544 977592

The museum was set up by the Salt Workers’ Cultural Association, which has worked locally with the intention of collecting, restoring and protecting relevant equipment and artifacts. It is also interested in stimulating research, documentation and studies specific to recovering the entire of this vast and complex heritage.

It was organized in 1989 inside the Torre (salt warehouse) which belongs to the municipality. The Torre was completely renovated and refurbished and opened on April 24, 2004. The various stages of salt production up to the advent of mechanization (1960s) are shown by means of period tools, pictures and film.  
The exhibition begins with the bookshop where you can immediately grasp the museum’s "mission". There are books, pictures, gadgets and, naturally, salt from Cervia. There is also a video exhibit on man’s relationship with water, along with an exhibit case containing some items which represent the historical and cultural identity of the area.
A panel displays the place names of the territory. There is a charming bridge which crosses a large plastic model showing the geography of the coast and inland, emphasizing the territory’s relationship with salt, the city and the sea. Panels and multimedia stations provide for a magical encounter with the natural and environmental aspects and characteristics of the area: Cervia salt works, the birds and other animals, as well as the plant life.

Nature meets memory outside the museum, with a video which explains how the history of the salt works is intertwined with the history of the city of Cervia. There is an interesting representation of the importance of salt from ancient to modern times and we discover why it was once called white gold. In the final room of the museum there are elements of the everyday life the workers: a large original burchielli (the typical iron boat used to transport salt), work equipment and tools for extracting salt. Emblematic historical documents, traditional place names, names of salt workers of the past, faces and images of memory are all around