Button Museum – Santarcangelo di Romagna
A very curious museum. A collection of 9000 buttons to discover the history of humankind
REOPENED FROM MAY, 24TH 2020
Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday 10.00 am> 12.00 pm, in the afternoon 3.00 pm > 6.00 pm
The reservation is not mandatory but RECOMMENDED to avoid queues, at the number +39 339 348 3150
Staggered access to ensure interpersonal distancing.
SAFETY MASK and protective gloves are MANDATORY.
Free offer admission with a guided tour
Many think that the button is only an ornament of common use: the Button Museum in Santarcangelo di Romagna tells a different story because the button is also a very symbolic object.
Giorgio Gallavotti, the founder of the museum, started cataloging the buttons according to the models, materials, shapes, uses over time and characteristics since he started working in the sewing shop his father had opened in 1929.
And the history of the button has fascinated him so much that today the museum boasts over 9000 specimens, from 1600 until today.
Among them also the button created by Pablo Picasso for Coco Chanel.
The museum is divided into three sections where the buttons are displayed according to a chronological and temporal path.
A section of the museum is dedicated to the history of buttons from the late 1800s to the late 1900s. In this section, visitors can observe a great change in shapes and materials.
The second section of the museum is dedicated to the materials used to “make” the button: practically everything was used: mother-of-pearl, the horn of various animals, wood, ivory, corozo (called natural ivory but actually it is a tropical fruit), silver, turtle, galalith, coconut, glass, raffia palms, enamels, etc…
The third section exposes “important” buttons according to history and meaning starting from 1600. Large, small, precious, famous buttons…
In the museum visitors can also discover stories, uses, customs of the button, and how it was used to communicate power, wealth…
– Winter hours
Every day from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2.45 pm to 6.30 pm
– Summer hours
Every day from 10 am to 12 pm, from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm and from 9 pm to 11.30 pm
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