The Museum of rural culture, which is situated in the hamlet of San Marino (5 km far from Bentivoglio), is housed in the beautiful 19th-century Villa Smeraldi and surrounded by a large park of notable environmental and recreational value.
This ethnographic museum of national importance is unique of its kind: it reconstructs the history of the Bolognese Plain between the 19th and the 20th century through its crops, such as maize, wheat, rice and hemp.
Visitors can see not only a large number of agricultural machinery as well as objects and tools from everyday peasant life but also a reconstruction of different production cycles (hemp, wheat and milk) as well as rooms of a country house.
The museum hosts several temporary exhibitions allowing visitors to learn more about rural archaeology and local tradition and places a meeting hall at the disposal of public and private bodies. The museum also promotes a large number of didactic initiatives.
A new section is open from March 2013 inside the area dedicated to the farmers of the Bologna's plain area between the second half of 18th century and the second half of 20th century (Contadini della pianura bolognese): this exhibition is entitled "Artigiani di campagna" (Craftsmen from the country). It illustrates the many crafts that animated the life of the local countryside and brings to life a world of trade and commerce which has now disappeared. There are the blacksmith, the miller, a basket-maker, but also the manufacturer of brooms.
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