Museo del Precinema

Museo del Precinema, Padua: Hours, Address, Museo del Precinema Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo del Precinema
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The PRECINEMA Museum - Minici Zotti Collection, also known as the Museum of the Magic Lantern, opened its doors in 1998. The PRECINEMA Museum holds a number of records, being not merely the only one of its kind in Italy expressly dedicated to Precinema history, but alsoreceiving a “Declaration of Local Interest” from the Veneto Region.The Museum displays exhibits including optical views, the “new world”, and a varied collection of optical instruments which, during the 19th century,but particularly during Victorian times, borewitness to the path that led to the birth of theCINEMA in 1895. Alongside simple toys, like thethaumatrope or the anamorphose we find morecomplex instruments including the phenakistoscope,praxinoscope and zoetrope, optical toys that createdthe illusion of movement.
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Pat B
Amsterdam3 contributions
Best museum in the entire world
Jan 2020
Best museum in the world.
Been to: Malmö, Amsterdam, Köln, Berlin, Hamburg, Venice, Rome, Brussels, Bonn, Barcelona, Porto, Cadiz, Lisbon, Malaga, Las Palmas, Hannover, Paris, Verona, Belgrade, Nice, Monaco, Rotterdam, The Hague, Haarlem, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Wezel, Antwerpen, New York, Milan, Florence, Luxenbourg, Krakow, Seville, Grenada, Menton, Orvieto, Munich, Lubljiano and visited the best museums there. This is the best.
Written December 8, 2020
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Judy.Scholar
1 contribution
Detailed, beauutiful, educational
Sep 2019
I walked up three long flights of stairs (there is an elevator) mid Friday morning and payed 6 euros.. I was met by a young man who started the educational and fascinating video (Italian with English subtitles) of the history of artistic and scientific developments that led to the creation of cinema (more artistic than scientific but here you cannot have one without the other). I am not sure of its length, maybe ten minutes. Then he personally showed me around each of the three rooms filled to the brim with a collection of flip books, shadow puppets, camera oscura, magic lanterns, and countless other items (I cannot put a name to them all, though he could and did) and the incredible images that went with these tools. He then let me wander on my own to explore the items at my leisure. He had also handed me an information sheet in English (other languages available) Please, go to this museum. It is off the Plata del Valle, not far from the church of St. Anthony.
Written September 13, 2019
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Thank you so much JudyScholar! We are very pleased that you're enjoyed our museum tour and the facinaning world of Magic Lantern and the other devices.
Written September 14, 2019
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Claudia M
London, UK4 contributions
A beautiful hidden gem!
Sep 2019 • Solo
Stunning museum with very attentive staff. Fascinating with incredible examples of the technology used.
Written September 9, 2019
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Thank you so much caim89! Our museum allows to go back in time and discover the story and the technology before the cinema, whit a charming atmosphere.
Written September 14, 2019
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Sauna_Boss
London, UK109 contributions
Exquisite and eccentric museum
Mar 2019 • Solo
Worth making an effort to see this small museum which offers insights into an overlooked part of popular entertainment history. The rooms include some exquisite examples and working machines.
Written March 10, 2019
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Thank you so much Susana_Boss! Our museum offers a journy into the past, to discover the devices used before the advent of cinema, everythink located in a charming setting.
Written September 15, 2019
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ColleenCo
Pescara, Italy998 contributions
a real MUST see for cinema lovers and artists too
Jan 2019
It is a small (not too small) museum which hosts a really comprehensive collection of artifacts showing the development of the moving image. I highly recommend going.
Written January 16, 2019
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Thank you ColleenCo!
Written September 15, 2019
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Jaka
259 contributions
My personal highlight of Padova
Apr 2018 • Solo
Taking the tram SIR1 and stopping at Prato, you'll quickly notice this little museum inviting you for a visit. Of course, do go in! I was visiting places included in my 48-hour Padova Card. This one was in the "reduced fee" section and thankfully I payed a few euros for it. Unexpectedly, this little museum was one of my personal highlights of my trip to Padova.
I was the only one at the museum midday during the week. They showed me a short film about the history of 'magic lanterns'. Don't worry, it's in Italian but with English subtitles. Afterwards, quite unexpectedly, I was given a guided tour. They have an amazing collection of magic lanterns, musical instruments and other analogue devices of moving images. Many magic lanterns are originals and you can see them work in action. Truly a step in the past. My guide spoke English as well as he could, but apologised that this was only his second tour in English. He wasn't bad at all, and really appreciated his explanation. Although, a little knowledge in Italian goes a long way in Italy. What I found fascinating, was a working camera obsura showing you "livestream" coverage of people walking around Prato (just outside). Unbelievable, with no electrical components at all! They even have a Edison phonograph. After the short tour you're left alone to browse through the collection. All-in-all in took me just under an hour for this visit, but today I would have been very sad if I've had missed it. Perhaps you need to be interested in the world of pre-cinema to enjoy this place, but I still believe the museum has a lot to offer to spark an interest. And sure, even children will enjoy the visit.
Written April 25, 2018
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Thank you Jaka Z!
Written September 15, 2019
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charles v
Maastricht, The Netherlands155 contributions
Very original little museum - higly recommended
May 2016 • Friends
Padua has much to offer, but staying here a bit longer you may enjoy this little museum, with a richt collection of what they call 'precinema' but what is in practice the visual culture of 'Magic Lanterns', Camera Obscura's, I was surprised to discover the popular 18th and 19th century visualization of stories / cities / tales / and to realize that this was Europe-wide - the magic lantern was invented by the Dutch intellectual Christiaan Huygens (not mentioned in tghis museum), some belive there is a tradition going back to Leonardo da Vinci - but it was in practice offering spectacles for centuries in Streets and foyers. You can do this museum in an hour but you will enjoy it better if you take some more time: many little objects require time and personal exploration.
Written November 12, 2016
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adventuresinfour
Vicenza, Italy35 contributions
quirky small museum
Apr 2016
We enjoyed our little visit to this small and particular museum. It is a limited collection, but fascinating trove of early machines and images. Worth a visit if you are in the area and curious about such oddities.
Written May 19, 2016
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seattlesez
Seattle, WA394 contributions
Small well curated specialty museum, rare
May 2016 • Couples
Rainy day in Padua.... feels like we've seen everything. I love the unusual.

The big Plaza Prato is right there. Not far to the memorable Basilica.

The museum carefully covers the world of the projected moving image from pre-electric times to the dawn of cinema. It is a reminder of how little we know.

You have to ring the bell to get in. It's 5 flights up... take the lift... 5 euro adults.

Outstanding rainy day/ day 3 diversion.
Written May 11, 2016
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HHRover
18 contributions
A little gem.
Sep 2015 • Friends
We tend to forget how far long ago the precursors of film began. Many fascinating exhibits, including a camera obscura.
Written September 19, 2015
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