All enthusiasts of the agricultural world and of the slow way of life that distinguishes the country should not miss a visit to the “Angelo Masperi” AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM of Albairate in Milan, whose official website is an excellent source of information.
It is one of the most important agricultural museums in Italy that attracts fans from all over the peninsula and beyond, for this reason it is often included in the numerous guides among the things to visit in Italy.
The museum itinerary designed to visit the entire Agricultural Museum takes the viewer through the different rooms inside to the outdoor areas used for the many agricultural activities.
If we wanted to take a virtual tour, we could start our journey with the visit of the stables, among the most important buildings of the farmhouse, both because it housed the majority of the livestock, and because it was a meeting place. Even the kitchen, called the cà, and the bedroom are essential places to visit because you immediately understand the way of life from the furnishings, which are few and essential for that time.
From a purely domestic environment, we move to the work places. Among these the dairy stands out, where milk was processed to be transformed into cheese, and matured, where it was left to rest after processing. There is also an ice house, where several ice blocks were placed, essential for the preservation of butter.
The museum also houses a room called the independent jobs, which collects all the tools that were indispensable for the time in order to work the land and carry out the agricultural activity. Among these we find the sections for plowing, sowing and harvesting, but also the sections for weighing, and cleaning the corn, not to mention the immense collection of tractors.
Inside the Angelo Masperi Agricultural Museum it is also possible to admire an ancient cellar in which you can admire the tools necessary for pressing the grapes, the fermentation of must and for decanting the wine.
Finally, those who love long walks and getting lost in nature will like to end the museum tour with a visit to the botanical garden. Here it will be possible to explore an expanse of green meadows and see the numerous native fauna and flora present and then reach the entrance again to admire the solar clocks: one French type, the other equatorial.
The Angelo Masperi Agricultural Museum is a reality strongly felt by the whole community of Albairate that shows constant devotion witnessed by the numerous donations that grow from year to year.
In fact, the furnishings in the rooms are the result of the commitment and passion of the Friends of the Museum, a group formed by volunteers, but especially by local people linked to the history and reality of their territory and who firmly believe in this project, with the purpose of not losing their ancient roots.
And how could that happen, since going through the museum is equivalent to taking a trip into the past and in the rural reality of the period, which despite this is very active in the present with frequent exhibitions and events?