Museums

The extensive evidence of the rural artistic culture and of the great historical wealth finds an extraordinary showcase in the numerous museums open to visitors on the territory.
The most impressive include the Horse Museum in Pozzomaggiore, the only one of its kind in Sardinia and the third in Italy. The museum is situated in the former Augustinian convent close to the Church of Sant’ Antonio Abate and is divided into ten rooms which trace the history, art, festivals, traditions, work, sport and popular culture connected with the horse. One of the rooms is dedicated to the distinguished figures of Pozzomaggiore (like General Unali, or the Oppes brothers) who have linked their name and fame with the figure of the horse. The museum is also equipped with a multimedia room and a video library. The permanent exhibition is open alongside other temporary exhibitions, and helps to enhance the importance of the role of the horse in the past and present life of the town. Pozzomaggiore is also home to the House Museum of Edvige Carboni, an important landmark for all the faithful devoted to the “servant of God”. In Banari, the Logudoro Mejlogu Foundation accommodates the Contemporary Art Museum with important retrospectives of great artists who have made the history of painting.
The rich Nuragic, Byzantine and Romanesque tradition of the territory finds expression in the Civic and Archaeological Museum in Bonorva, in the museum in Padria, in that of the “Valley of the Nuraghi” in Torralba and the Archaeological Park of Villanova Monteleone, a town which boasts an Ethnographic Museum “Su Palatu 'e Sas Iscolas”. The “Museum of the Hundred Castles in Sardinia” in Burgos and that in Siligo dedicated to the great singer Maria Carta, interpreter of the traditional island heritage, is also impressive. The great diversified offer is completed by the permanent Market Fair of craftwork activities in Pozzomaggiore called “Buttegas Antigas”, the Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium in Siligo, and the Rustic Art museum in Mara.