5 Museums recount the link between man and nature within the Reserve

The Museum of Marine Activities, housed inside an ancient Marfaraggio, is the first museum that meets from the North entrance of the Zingaro Nature Reserve; in the tuna-fishing areas, the complex of buildings for tuna processing, the storage of tools used for fishing and housing for fishermen who worked seasonally on the fixed nets was called.
The former plant now houses the historical testimonies of this activity with ancient roots.
Exposures, nets and traps, used for the slaughter, and photographic images that illustrate how the fishing of bluefin tuna was a ritual and an honor, but also duty and survival, certainly the oldest method developed throughout the Sicily. A massive fishing that involved the entire maritime community.

Maritime activity museum - Tonnara model

The visitor will be able to admire a faithful reproduction in scala of a tuna fishery and also to learn about local fish species. Each of the museums in the reserve, avails itself of the presence of a guardian who, patiently and with passion, will show you the exhibits and will give you significant signs to understand the local civilization and its history of land and sea.
The collection of objects found give a good experience, a dive into the past of these places. Especially the younger ones will be able to discover ancient activities and treasure them. The museum remains open all year.

The Museum of Peasant Civilization exhibits tangible signs of the wheat processing. Visiting it is like reliving the peasant Sicily of the last century. Ancient testimonies of the wheat cycle, plows, scythes and saddlebags. The earth and its workings, inheritance of each of us.

Peasant civilization museum

Although the area of ​​the Zingaro has, above all, a history made of fishing, agriculture was, nevertheless, a great resource for the local people who worked the land and raised livestock, giving life to a rural community substantial.
In little space, traces of that daily have come down to us, and among the exhibited tools, also that to draw pasta. And then, pots and pottery in terracotta, bummuli e muscalori. The bummuli, also in terracotta, were containers used to keep the water cool in the hot season. The muscaloro, however, a kind of round fan made from a weave of dwarf palm, sewn together and fixed at the end of a reed, was used to keep the charcoal alive.
The Farm Museum is only partially open during the year.
For information Tel. +0923.35108 XNUMX.

The Museo dell'Intreccio it is a space dedicated to craftsmanship. It is possible to see the master weavers working the vegetable fibers at work giummarra, the disa and the rush, creating ancient objects and still used today.
The interweaving of the jummarra, or dwarf palm, typical vegetation of the reserve, allows, from its processing, the creation of various objects, such as zimmili and cannistra, artifacts of the daily rural life of the past.

An operator of the reserve in the art of weaving

The Museum is however embellished with other souvenirs. Hats, rings and necklaces obtained from the use of some seeds and the famous coffees, today used as bags and finished with fabrics and other decorations. Ancient techniques, tradition and memory of the rural culture of the place that continue to be handed down.
The weaving museum is only partially open during the year.
For information Tel. +0923.35108 XNUMX.

intreeccio museum
MUseo of the plot

The Museum of the Manna has a truly spectacular location. It is in fact inside a cave. The museum, rustic and small, offers the viewer the sight of a few old tools for the collection and conservation of the ash tree.
In fact, from the bark of the ash tree, the manna is extracted, edible sapand which is collected during the summer, between July and September; the resinous substance that comes out through an incision on the bark is then exposed to the sun.
The Museum brings to light this ancient, almost forgotten activity, precisely the use of the manna. In the summer season, an attacker will show you the characteristics of the manna and of this almost disappeared trade. The manna has many beneficial properties and is used as a natural sweetener but also as a laxative.
All tools for engraving and denting are displayed inside the Museum, open only during certain seasons of the year.
For information Tel. +0923.35108 XNUMX.

The Naturalistic Museum it is the last you will meet if you enter the North entrance (San Vito Lo Capo) and the first if you come from the South entrance (Castellammare del Golfo).

Naturalistic Museum

Together with the Museum of Marine Activities, it is the one that remains open to the public all year round.
Inside, through the photographic panels, the flora, but also the fauna, of the Reserve is presented. The section of medicinal plants used in local medicine is interesting. Rituals and ancient remedies.
E reproductions of animals built with a very refined technique. The numerous species that populate the Reserve, foxes, lizards, weasels, reptiles ... make here a beautiful show of themselves and surprise, with their perfection, the young and old visitors.

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