Who we are
The Museo del Paesaggio – the Landscape Museum – is a cultural institution with deep rooted bonds to the Lake Maggiore area and the valleys around it. This bond is at the heart of its constitution, having taken root over its more than a century of life, and underlies its mission.
The Landscape Museum has been a legally established institution since far off 1931 by royal decree and this was subsequently confirmed with its registration on the Piedmontese Region’s legal entity register.
We exist to:
- improve our community’s quality of life because beautiful things improve wellbeing;
- understand, protect and enhance our wonderful landscape;
- support the economic development of our area, contributing to making its attractive to tourists from all over the world.
We exist thanks to:
- the splendid collections we safeguard;
- the work of our volunteers;
- entrance tickets;
- the books we publish;
- private donations;
- contributions from Verbania town council, our statutory partner;
- an agreement with the Piedmont region;
- the support of the sponsorship foundations and other philanthropic bodies for specific projects.
What we do:
- conserve our work (and those loaned and stored with us) and make them accessible, keeping our exhibition space open all year, welcoming people from the Verbano, Cusio and Ossola communities, as well the many tourists visiting our area;
- catalogue the work we conserve (paintings, sculptures, ethnographic finds, photographs) in such a way as to respect our Cultural Heritage Code and make it accessible even when it is not on show;
- train adults on the contents of our collections, the area’s artistic attractions and the landscape;
- organise educational initiatives such as active workshops for infant and primary school age children, projects with secondary school age children of all ages;
contribute to pursuing the European Landscape Convention’s goals via a Landscape Study Centre in which the Piedmont Region, professionals, universities and polytechnics and local authorities for research and measure up to themes focusing on understanding, safeguarding and enhancing the landscape.