Malacologic Museum Malakos – Città di Castello
Open all year long the biggest private collection in Europe of shells from all over the world
The Macalogic Museum Malakos in Città di Castello can be visited all year long and it exhibits the biggest private collection of shells in Europe conserving and showing specimens coming from the Pacific, from Indian Ocean, Red Sea and from the Mediterrenean Sea.
The Museum was inaugurated in April 2017 and it is located at Villa Cappelletti in Città di Castello, near Perugia.
The exhibition was realized thanks to the work of the biologist Gianluigi Bini who collected and studied 15 thousand different shells and who took care of the exhibition inside the museum.
The visit starts with an introduction of the mollusks world and in the room of paleontology the study of Earth’s creation is deepen.
In the rooms of bio-geography, the showcases are set up with an accurate reconstruction of the fauna and environments, in which the shells were found.
Thus you can observe, mangroves, abyss zones, see very big ground snails or very poisonous sea predators.
The Macological Museum Malakos of Città di Castello also hosts a reconstruction of a coral reef, composed by materials coming from the sequestrations of the forest service of the country.
The collection counts 600.000 specimens, belonging to 15.000 studied species, and it is available for research and for the specialists.
Every specimen is registered in the database, accessible only on request and reservation.
The museum is also registered on ResearchGate where people can discuss and ask for materials or information.
from Tuesday to Friday 10am to 12:30pm and 3pm to 7pm
Saturday and holidays 10am to 12:30pm and from 3pm to 6pm