Bottacin Museum at Padua

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Bottacin Museum at Padua

Bottacin Museum at Padua. Palazzo Zuckermann, designed by architect Arosio and erected between 1912 and 1914, stands as a wonderful example of Padua architecture. The building is currently part of the system of Padua’s City Museums and gloriously houses the Bottacin City Museum, named after the wealthy merchant Nicola Bottacin. His name has been strictly linked to Padua since 1865, when he bequeathed his artistic properties and coins collection put together mainly in Trieste around the middle of the 19th century to the city. The exhibition is organized into two different parts: one concerning artworks, the other the numismatic section. Walking among sculptures of Magni and Cameroni, and wonderful paintings of artists from Veneto and Trieste, visitors will get to the room where the ‘Medagliere’ (medal showcase) has been reassembled, with the contribution of famous workers in ebony, to house the remarkable collections of medals and coins. Of particular interest is the arms section that displays a wide range of old rifles, pistols and steel weapons. The rest of the collections, consisting of the original core enriched by subsequent donations, are on show in the other rooms. The second route of the museum extensively explores the history of coins. The peculiarity and organic unity of the collections place Bottacin’s Museum among the most prestigious numismatic centres of Europe. On display there are coins from all over the ‘ancient’ known world: Greek coins, republican and imperial Roman coins, Byzantine, Ostrogoth, Longobard and Arabic coins. Noteworthy is also the Bottacin’s Museum Library, a major centre for numismatic studies in the world.

Info
Corso Garibaldi 33, Padova
Tel +39 049 8205675
Fax +39 049 8205680
museobottacin@comunepadova.it

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