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The Museum of
Ethnography

The Palace of the Governors
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The Museum

The corsican Museum of Ethnography sets since 1952 in the ancient palace of the genoese Governors. It presents out of nine hundred square metres art and popular traditions collections and it organizes temporary expositions and colloquiums on themes linked with Corsica.

A Visit ...

The museum presents in the Western Wing a part of the programme of arts and popular traditions with the population of Corsica, the apiculture, the chestnut, the olive, the agricultural techniques, vine, wine, pastoral activities, craft industry..., the Corsican at his home, the Corsican and the religion, the Corsican and the law, the Corsican and the policy, the exchanges, the muleteers, the fairs, the festivals, and the games.

The presentation continues with the corsican nature, the man and the natural environment, the settlement.

In the lowest part of the palace, the old genoese jails are opened for visit. The rooms of the first floor of the Eastern wing are destined to Corsica during the antiquity and to Bastia, capital of the kingdom of Corsica.

On the second floor, the ceremonial rooms, where the governor gave his audiences and where took place the elections of tyre "podestats", of the councils of the Ancients and of the Thirty and also of all the magistrates who dealt with the town's administration, all these rooms will receive the paintings that the Cardinal Fesch has bequeathed to the town of Bastia, paintings which are now in restore in the palace of Versailles.

During summer, a dissolve slide show presents in the courtyard on a giant-size screen of thirty six square metres, a spectacle of twenty five minutes on the history of Bastia, every tuesday and saturday in July and August. This presentation can be done, on request, in four languages. Janine SERAFINI Curator


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