The museum of Fabriano and the scent of the paper

The Museum of Paper and Watermark of Fabriano – the place where Fabriano Paper was born – is very interesting for all ages and is worth visiting.

This Museum in located in Marche Region in Italy not far from Ancona. The Paper Museum is located in the beautiful complex of the former convent of San Domenico. Fabriano Museum tells the story of more than seven hundred years of tradition of the paper industry and is a place which there are keeps the memory of a tradition of craftsmanship and industry but, at the same time, there are experiment with new technologies and new forms of expression linked to the world of paper.

Fabriano, was the first European city to make paper and just this material combined with writing gave the opportunity to our lives to become what we know today: the paper allowed to establish agreements, draw maps for exploring the world , designing great architectural works, write books and  musical notes to allow others to reproduce them also.
The paper is an inseparable part of human life, but the Museum of Fabriano, is not just history, within this palace in fact children can find workshops in which engage theirselves in the processing of paper and play the game of recycling, along with trained and passionate guides .

All then, adults and children , remain to watch admired the Master of Paper with slow and wise gestures _ transforms what to our untrained eyes seems simply whitish water into a thin sheet, making me want to try and then discover with surprise – this I can assure you! – Which is not so easy to get the same result!

Moving from one room to another you enter ever more in the history of this material so fragile but so valuable for human history, you will retrace the events and with them the stages of our past. There are rooms dedicated to the watermark – another “face” of the paper and another way to use it and tell it – Exhibition of watercolors – for which Fabriano paper is so famous and appreciated – and there is a large collection of documents , works, notes and anything you can create with the paper.

Then there is the hall of cardboard, where there is the furniture all made of this material and manufactured in the strangest forms. In this space we talk about recycling and ecology, issues important to be transmit to the children .

In the museum, however, the Fabriano paper as well as being narrated, is also produced for real, beautiful handmade paper that ends up in the hands, or rather under the brushes, of the watercolorists who use it in their paintings.
This is a special paper, made with limited production, with the scent of grass and straw – the natural elements with which it is enriched – and travels to Japan where waiting for her there are the colors of the local watercolorists.

See it exposed in the museum shop is an irresistible temptation, because despite our era is the digital age the paper maintains, in my opinion, a very special charm and the feeling you get to stroke these light sheets will never be comparable to that of stake on the keys of a keyboard or touch the screen of a tablet …

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The Master of Paper at work

Information to plan a visit to the Fabriano Paper Museum

How to visit the Paper Museum of Fabriano

If you plan to visit the Paper Museum with children please inform yourself about the workshops that are organized for children aged five and up. For those interested and passionate about the subject we mark that are also organized residential courses

Children in general certainly will appreciate the machines and also the room dedicated to the recycling and the guides are used to engage the young visitors.

The guided tour lasts just over an hour and the museum has an interior courtyard sheltered by a porch where – at worst – the younger children and impatient may stop playing.

What to do around Fabriano city

In addition to the park of which – joking but not too much – I have already spoken (it is a really nice park with playgrounds for the kids!), Fabriano, is absolutely worth a visit.

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