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Museo del Precinema

Prato della Valle 1/A, 35123 Padua, Italy
+39 049 876 3838
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Ranked #16 of 82 Attractions in Padua
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Astonishing. A must for animation-industry workers. Ubelievable, the Ponti device at the entrance for visitors to use. Ask for a quick demonstration at the ticket desk for the main attractions and usage of devices to experience a great visual treat. I can imagine someone interested in cinema and special devices would come from all over the world for probably one-of-a-kind... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We recently spent two days in Padua and this was definitely the highlight of our trip to this beautiful city. The museum is very well laid out and explanations and demonstrations were expertly given by the very helpful gentleman that works there. The interactive exhibits (of which there are several) are definitely the highlight, and are all delightful. The museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We were the first visitors at 10am, and really enjoyed it, especially the 'hands-on' exhibits, and the camera obscura over the square. We were soon joined by a school party, but would recommend this to anyone with even a vague interest in early photography/cinema.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

It was my second time in Padua and I wanted to see something different. Thanks to TA, I managed to visit this little museum and was very much impressed with the quality of the collection (so many pre/quasi-cinema machines I never knew existed), the attentiveness of the staff and the pure fun of having the opportunity to experience these antediluvian... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is a tiny museum very near the Basilica of St. Anthony. We were the only ones in the 3 room museum on the day that we were there. There are hundreds of examples of pre-cinema visuals and equipment, along with a 20 minute short-film (English subtitles). The film focuses on the history of "magic lanterns" and all the other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

It's maybe easy to find a cinema expert... but what about a pre-cinema expert? Our guide through this small but lovely museum in the city centre of Padova was brilliant, as he explained us all the secrets of cinema before the frères Lumière. My family and I really appreciated it.

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Padova, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The museum is located in a corner of Prato della Valle at the beginning of Via Umberto I (before starting the journey that leads to the heart of the squares "Piazze" of Padua), you have to ring the bell and go up to the third floor. There is a small, but really picked museum on the history of small but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

This is a really surprising and charming place, very well laid out and fun to see. The 20-minute video about magic lanterns and all the other pre-cinema devices was very enjoyable. This is very easy to find, at Prato delle Valle, close to Trattotio al Prato. You do have to ring the bell more than once. Extra bonus: the best... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

I’ve been to Padova a few times, so I was looking for something off the beaten tourist track to do. Thanks to TA reviewers, (which is really changing the way we travel!) I found The Precinema Museum and because of the good reviews, I decided to visit it. What a wonderful museum, totally unknown to me on previous visits and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

If you are at all interested in the history of entertainment, you'll kick yourself later if you don't check this out. It is full of magic lantern slides and projectors, and is essentially just what it says: a museum of all pre-cinema projected entertainment. We went with our 16 year old daughter and she loved it. I can't imagine where... More 

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