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Museo del Precinema

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Address: Prato della Valle 1/A, 35123, Padua, Italy
Phone Number: +39 049 876 3838
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A little gem.

We tend to forget how far long ago the precursors of film began. Many fascinating exhibits, including a camera obscura.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We tend to forget how far long ago the precursors of film began. Many fascinating exhibits, including a camera obscura.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Uniquely curated, interactive, and informative exhibition. Even if you had never before wondered what visual miracles entertained people before the invention of cinema, you will find yourself fascinated by the collection at the Precinema museum. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, so it is absolutely a worthwhile experience. Finally, the building in which the museum is housed is itself... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a fascinating personal collection of precinema artifacts that has been converted into a well-organized small museum sponsored by the City of Padova. The museum does not take long to tour and is well worth the 5 Euro entrance fee. The employees of the museum were helpful and gave us a basic tour of the museum and provided explanations... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The staff are really helpful, and the museum itself is really fascinating - such an interesting collection of artefacts and some of the devices are really enjoyable and still amazing today!

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1 Thank Rachel-2703
Amsterdam
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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1 Thank HollyA3
Derby, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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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1 Thank foxjenny
Warszawa
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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San Diego, California
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63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
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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1 Thank SuzieeQQ
Padova
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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