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Regional Museum of ceramics

Largo San Francesco – Deruta

The most ancient Italian ceramic museum 

The Regional Museum of ceramics of Deruta, opened in 1898, is inside the convent complex of San Francesco, dating back to the XIV Century and today wholly restored, and describes the evolution of the Deruta majolica, starting from the archaic production, to the XX Century.    

The Museum itinerary, essentially organized chronologically, develops also in specific thematic areas, such as: the majolica floors (from the church of San Francesco in Deruta, from the Cappella dei Priori in Palazzo dei Priori and from the Rocca Paolina of Perugia), the votive tablets, the model of an ancient “spezieria” (pharmacy), and other collections. 

What renders unique this particular museum is the metallic tower, four floors high, linked with all levels of the edifice; this tower is meant as a deposit, but it is also accessible for the public and is organized for study activities.

The contemporary section is mainly constituted by art works from the national market/exhibition “Multiplo d’Artista in Maiolica” and the “Premio Deruta”.

The archeological section offers a significant panorama of the main types of pottery produced in ancient times of Greek, proto-Italian, Etruscan and Roman ceramics. Since September 2013 the Archeological Area of San Salvatore Furnaces is included,  linked to the museum through a modern underground tunnel. It is a Renaissance production plant, placed close to castle walls, with remains of furnace for the earthenware production of Deruta, of the XV to the XVII Centuries. 

The museum displays as well a specialist Library on Ceramics, inside the “Casa della Cultura e dell’Associazionismo” (House of Culture and Associations) in the Historic Centre of Deruta, with more than  2000 volumes, one of the most furnished documentation centre on these specific themes of ceramics. 

Opening hours:
November–February, Wednesdays to Sundays and public Holidays 10:30 am - 1:00 pm / 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
closed: 25th December and 1st January; March and October, Wednesdays to Sundays and public Holidays 10:30 am - 1:00 pm / 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm; April - June, Wednesdays to Sundays and public Holidays 10:30 am - 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; July-September Thursdays to Sundays and public Holidays h. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Extraordinary Openings at request:
+39 075 9711000,, call center 199 151 123

Entrance: € 5,00 – reduced € 4,00 (some other reductions or entrance without fee for specific cases).
On the days when the Municipal Picture Gallery is open (all Sundays from the 1 March to the 31 October) there’s the possibility for a collective Ticket Museum + Gallery € 7,00 – reduced € 5,00
Wheelchair accessible
Bookshop; guided tours, educational workshop for children and adults, also in foreigner languages; study rooms for conferences; nursery.

Info: Tel and fax: +39 075 9711000 – Free toll  800 961993; info for the Library c/o Casa Associazionismo,  Deruta Municipality, Ufficio Cultura, tel. +39 075 9728649
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