These words of the Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, describe very well the level and status of museums in Italy. In Italy, there are almost five thousand museums and similar institutions, such as galleries, collections, archaeological parks or monumental complexes.
Among these, seven are considered "first-range", a label assigned according to criteria such as the number of visitors, the exhibition area, the consistency of the collections and the potential for development. As you can imagine, these seven museums represent the excellence of the Italian cultural heritage, for the ability to enhance the artistic work and, at the same time, create a unique and unrepeatable experience for its visitors.
The high level of Italian museums is mainly due to the philosophy that their directors apply: the museum offers narratives, decides what to preserve of our history and our identity and how to make it an accessible heritage, how to express values that represent us today and that can become history for tomorrow.
Moreover, this high level is also confirmed by their ability to innovate, often with the use of cutting-edge technologies: the Centrica company, for example, is worldwide renowned for the digitalisation of art works and the development of innovative software for the enhancement of cultural heritage. In fact, some of Centrica’s best-known projects are the digitalisation of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, or touch screen installations at the Museo degli Innocenti (Florence) or the UTC Museum in Hamburg.
In conclusion, the experts and technicians of this sector are the main developers of this excellence. They are able, thanks to their skill, competence and philosophy, to transform museums and galleries in unique experiences for their spectators. For this reason, in fact, several Italians are present in the management of some of the most important world museums (National Gallery in London, Belvedere Museum in Vienna, MET, MoMA in New York and many others). An Italian excellence committed to the sake of the world’s artistic heritage.
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