Museo delle Maschere Mediterranee

The museum evolved with the intention of creating a cultural link between the cultural universe of the small town of Mamoiada, which is known throughout the world for its traditional masks, the "Mamuthones" and "Issohadores", and other Mediterranean areas, wich display a similar history and culture through their masks and Carnival celebration.

The museum primarily focuses its attention on forms of masking, where (with various combinations) we see the frequent use of wooden, zoomorph and strangely shaped masks, decorated with sheep skin and cattle bells and other devices which cause a terrible noise. The shephers and farmers who owned these masks realized the power they had on influencing the destiny of the farming year; thus, despite their frightening appearance, their visit was awaited and welcomed, and was an opportunity to befriend them with offers of food and drink.

Starting with the traditional masks of Mamoiada, the museum offers a comparative exhibition including findings from different Mediterranean countries, illustrating the affinities and similarities rather than the differences and disparities.

The tour of the museum begins with a multivision scene which, through a sequence of projected images, various texts, recordings and background music, introduces the visitor to the festival of Carnival and the inhabitants of Mamoiada, whilst also giving an account of different interpretations, over the years, of the origins and function of the Mamuthones.

You are then transported to another scene, the "Sala del Carnevale Barbaricino", which illustrates a series of Sardinian masks; here is possible to admire several masks of Barbagia, the hearth of Sardinia. One wing of the room is made up of two large windows, which open out on to a view of the town, like the eyes of a mask, two costumed figures of the Mamuthones and one of the Issohadore are shown. On either side of the room are all the traditional masks of Sardinia, the Boes, Merdules and Filonzana from Ottana and the Thurpos from Orotelli.

A glass displays cabinet which run the length of the wall, displays numerous masks from Mamoiada, some of which are of great historical value; there are also masks from Ottana which show different zoomorphic and anthropomorphic typologies.

The third area, "The Mediterranean Room", is divided in three geographical environments (the Alps, Spain and the Balkans). For each area, above the mannequins, there is a slide show presenting images about every carnival.


Opening Time

From Tuesday to Sunday h.9.00-13.00 15.00-19.00
Monday closed

Museum admission
Adults € 5,00
Seniors (65 and over with ID) € 3,00
Children (under 12) € 3,00

Museum Store.
In the Museum Store is possible to purchase books, gadgets, masks, postcards, DVD's and catalogues of events.