A visit to malacologico museum of Vieste in a rainy day isn’t really a bad idea, on the contrary..! A rainy day in which you should dress adequately for going out and take advantage of the bad weather for visit places you probably wouldn’t visit if the weather is sunny, because, to be honest, the tourists come to Gargano mainly for the sea without knowing there is more to visit.
The malacology museum finds its origins from the passion of its owners for travels and for shells. It all had started with a simple commercial activity, in 1975, dedicated to souvenir selling and particularly at shell selling. Shells that with the pass of the years had been bought and ctrips in exotic places like Philippines, Vietnam, etc.
The commerce with the shells has led little by little to the search of more beautiful and rare specimens, and to rise a collection from some hundreds of pieces to thousands. In 1984 the commercial activity was transformed and the first malacological museum is inaugurated in Scialara locality. In that time the museum was one of the few attractions of Vieste, the entry was paid and had about 30 thousand visitors each year.
In parallel with the tourism evolution in Vieste, the museum initiated to rise, the entrance becomes free and a shop is opened inside the museum that sells shells, ornaments and jwelery made from shells, corals and others alike.
After 10 years from the opening, thanks to the experience accumulated by its owners in various countries they visited, where the museums are self gestited, the museum reached almost 300 thousands of visitors each year, takeing a position that guarantee its self-maintenance.
In 1995 the museum is moved to Pola street, where it is even now. Initially it had 4600 exemplars, now it has 12500 exemplars from all over the world, purchased on demand or at local retailers specialized in collecting and processing the shells. Particularly in Philippines were the greatest suppliers of the material, shells from that post or imported from other Asian countries.
The same chandeliers that are found in the museum are made in Philippines and realized with nacre. The museum owners, in order to give more quality to the exhibition, extended it from simple shells to shell fossils. They are still in talks to enrich this last section of the museum with rare exemplars of fossils from Africa, particularly from Madagascar and Marocco.
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