National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art of Basilicata


Lanfranchi Palace

Housed in a bulding of the seventeenth century, Palazzo Lanfranchi, in the central Piazza Pascoli, the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art offers visitors four permanent routes, as well as a full program of temporary exhibitions.

The valuable collection of sacred art of Basilicata consists of paintings, sculptures in stone and wood, silver and paintings from various periods from all over the region.

The collection D’Errico includes seventy  valuable paintings by southern artists operating between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and mostly belonging to the Scuola Napoletana , as  Giovan Battista, Francesco De Mura, Mattia Preti, Luca Giordano, Abraham Bruegel.

The contemporary works area is dedicated to Carlo Levi, the painters and artists Luigi Guerricchio and Rocco Molinari.

Of great importance, the collection of works by Carlo Levi is the testimony of the deep relationship between the intellectual from Torino and the people of Lucania, during his exile in Aliano (MT), imposed by the fascist regime, until his death in 1975. There you will admire paintings, graphic works and drawings; do not miss the famous Lucania 61, enormous painting commissioned to represent the region Basilicata at the  Regions Show organized in Turin to celebrate the centenary of Italian Unity.

The demo anthropological section consists instead of a collection of objects of Lucan material culture.

Of considerable significance the physical structure of the museum. Built in the second half of the seventeenth century as a seminary by the bishop Vincenzo Lanfranchi, the building incorporates the existing church of the Carmine and makes an immediate impression as a point of reference between the buildings of the Piano’s district, then expanding. In addition to the spectacular facade and well-kept interior, you can see the cloister decorated with a sundial and stone busts depicting Count Malvinni Malvezzi and the high priests who in various ways contributed to the work.

Address and contact: Palazzo Lanfranchi, Piazza Giovanni Pascoli 1, Matera. Tel.0835 256211


National Archaeological Museum “Domenico Ridola”


Ridola Museum Matera

Located in one of the oldest streets of the Piano, in the spaces once occupied by the convent of Santa Chiara, the Archaeological Museum “Ridola” was the first museum to open in Lucania, dating back to 1911.

For visitors is a key moment to get an idea of ​​the depth of the history of Matera, continuously inhabited from prehistoric times to the present.

You can admire relics from the Paleolithic Age, Neolithic, Iron and Bronze ages, including weapons, tombs, pottery and composition of ancient housing solutions. Rich and interesting is the section dedicated to vases of Ancient Greece Lucan and artifacts from the Archaic and Roman.

Address and contact: Via Ridola, 24 Matera. Tel. 0835 310 058



The collection of MUSMA, Museum of Contemporary Sculpture of Matera, hosts about four hundred works of Italian and international artists and encompasses a historical period from the late nineteenth century to the present.

In its rooms you can admire sculptures, multiples, ceramics, jewelry, medals, engravings, drawings, art books. From Medardo Rosso to Arturo Martini, from Cambellotti to Kengiro Azuma, through Libero Andreotti, Piero Consagra, Emilio Isgrò, Fausto Melotti, Mimmo Paladino, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Antonietta Raphaël, Andrea Cascella, Sebastian Matta, the list of names is rich and full of surprises.


But the peculiarity of MUSMA is to show sculptures in the sculpture: a good part of the preparations, in fact, is located in fascinating underground structures, where it sets up a fascinating interplay of references between works and environment.

The sixteenth century Palazzo Pomarici, site of the museum, is worth a visit in itself. Commonly known as “House of the Hundred Rooms”, it covers an area of ​​nearly 3000 square meters on the edge of the Civita, with a superb view over the Sassi and the Murgia. Besides the above mentioned caves, including some rooms decorated with wall paintings of bucolic subject and hunting (Sale of the Hunt), a ballroom, several courtyards, apartments and kitchens.

The MUSMA offers the opportunity to take advantage of attractive guided tours, as well as a substantial and original invitation to the art program for children of all ages and schools, based on an interactive and fun approach.

Address and contact: Palace Pomarici, via San Giacomo (Caveoso), Matera. Tel. 0835 330582. E-mail:

Laboratory Museum of Rural Life


The Laboratory Museum of Rural Life, created and managed by the association, aims to document, describe, preserve and transmit the memory of everyday life in the Sassi before displacement. Of a kind is one of the greatest Italian museums.It based in an ancient “lamione” of Sasso Barisano from the XVI century and extends into a series of caves linked together. By visiting it you can learn about the domestic, work and leisure of the inhabitants of the ancient districts, from the only loft room which was the home of a large family to the shops of the “ciddaro”, the cellar where men gathered to play cards and drink wine, accompanied by roasted chickpeas, bagels and fennel.

Considerable space is devoted to traditional crafts: a surprising jump in the past make you discover the workshops and tools original shipwright, the coppersmith, the tanner, the potter and many other artisans, restated for meticulous preparations with philological attention and with the help of elderly witnesses.

Theme paths dedicated to children, banditry and the relationship of the peasants with the Church complete the exhibition.The museum has also started laboratory work, designed to transmit to the younger generations of old artisan practices, such as the decoration of ceramics and the processing of clay and wood.

Address and contact: Via San Giovanni Vecchio, 60, Matera. Tel: 0835 344057 – 328 61113454. Email: