The museum, located in the thirteenth-century Torre Minucci, celebrates the history of alabaster through a series of finds and examples ranging from the Etruscan period to the present day, with explanations on technical aspects and materials, on the evolution of styles and, finally, on the effect such productions had on society and the territory.

The room focusing on the twentieth-century documents the booming production of the early 1900s, the decline after 1929 and the revival of interest in the post-war period, with a steady development lasting until the 1970s that led to an improvement in the quality of the artefacts. The protagonists of these innovations include Umberto Borgna, considered to be the first alabaster designer, and later the architect Angelo Mangiarotti.

More recent contributions are to be found from Ugo La Pietra, Carla Venosta, Elio di Franco, Prospero Rasulo, Raffaello Consortini and Mino Trafeli.

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