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Currently part of the Musei Civici that are seated in the Castello Visconteo, the Museo pavese del Risorgimento italiano was created in 1885 by the will of the Municipality of Pavia to gather the enormous number of documents, photographs, books and miscellaneous objects that the citizens of Pavia were generously donating to preserve the memory of their role in the Italian Risorgimento. Afterwards, many more private and public donations have been added, and today the museum includes many tokens of the historical, social, cultural, and economic context in which local political and military actions look place.
Francesco Trecourt, Il 'Contessa Clementina' nel Porto di Pavia, olio su tela
Francesco Trecourt ”Countess Clementina” in the Pavia Harbour,
oil painting on canvas


Scorcio della sala dedicata alla famiglia Cairoli
View of the room dedicated to the Cairoli family
The main section of the museum, that takes up three big rooms, accompanies visitors through the history of Pavia from the end of the 18th century to Worid War I, and includes some devoted sections, such as the second room which is entirely dedicated to the Cairoti family. In this room is recreated the "salotto" - or sitting-room - of that famous local notables, where private and public life used to alternate.


Furthermore, a show-case dedicated to Garibaldi - the famous "hero" of the unification of Italy - and some documents that tell the story of the museum itself provide a keynote on the meaning and importance of of this collectioh and of the Italian Risorgimento.


Federico Faruffini, La battaglia di Varese.
Francesco Trecourt ”Countess Clementina” in the Pavia Harbour,
oil painting on canvas