The Museum of Natural History and Archaeology of Montebelluna is organised into two sections:
a) A natural science section subdivided into two subsections: Earth Sciences (5 halls) and Life Sciences (6 halls).
b) An archaeological section subdivided into two subsections: prehistory-protohistory (Ancient Venetians) and Roman age.
The Museum is deeply rooted in its territory
: the territory is its main concern and priority, it studies and spreads knowledge about its natural, environmental and historical-archaeological heritage.
The natural science collections on display at the museum include closed historical collections dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, and recent collections donated to or directly acquired by the museum. Most of those collections are closely linked either to the regional or the Italian territory. Nevertheless, there are also exotic collections of insects, birds, fish and mammals; mineral and geo-palaeontological collections featuring pieces from all over the world are also on display. Overall, there are approximately 20,000 natural specimens that represent the various systematic groups in the animal, plant and geo-mineral kingdoms.
The archaeological collections are mostly government-owned and stored at the museum and, only partially, municipality-owned. They are the result of donated materials collected prior to 1909 or of materials coming from abroad. The show-pieces stem from surface collections or excavations that took place in Montebelluna and its surroundings (e.g. Cornuda, Vidor, etc.) over the years. Those materials cover with reasonable continuity the period stretching from the Palaeolithic to the Roman age.
Natural History and Archaeological Museum of Montebelluna
The Museum is located at Villa Biagi, formerly known as Villa Mocenigo, a 16th century building composed of the Villa and the Barchessa, with an adjoining oratory and garden. The barchessa is now used as exhibit hall, whereas the villa houses the offices, conference hall, documentation centre, lecture halls and educational laboratories.
Little is known about the events that transpired in the villa until the early 900s, other than ownership passed from the Mocenigos to: the Barbarigos, Biagis, Stoccos and eventually to the Municipality of Montebelluna.
Villa Barbarigo is a building dating back to the 15th century owned by the then well-known merchant Andrea Barbarigo. Extensions and embellishments are ascribed to the lawyer Pietro Biagi (19th century). During the 1900s, the villa was used as a boarding school.
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