Ocarina Museum

Ocarina Museum

The Ocarina Museum is dedicated to Franco Ferri, one of the founders of the school of Ocarina, also promoter and collector of documents on Budrio’s ocarina history. This museum contains many terracotta musical instruments and other rare objects that you don’t want to miss. It is located in via Garibaldi and you can go visit every Sunday from October 1 to June 10.
Here you can find hundreds of displayed items – musical instruments, working tools, photographs, musical records, scores and documents – which are testimony to the local creativity.
Artistic experiences in Italy and abroad have also been important for us, especially those in Japan, Great Britain, USA and Latin America.
Some of the first types of ocarina such as those from the XIX Century are very remarkable, they were handmade without using moulds of the inventor Giuseppe Donati. On this list we also have ocarinas of the early 20th century made by Cesare Vicinelli, considered the ocarina ‘Stradivari’. There are several instruments decorated with Liberty style frieze and with a metallic plunger, made by Alberto Mezzetti, ocarina producer from 1870 to 1912. Among these exhibits you can find significant examples of Emilio Cesari, Guido Chiesa and Arrigo Mignani’s production and the complete set of nine new ocarinas made by Fabio Menaglio. The material we have on history of local ocarina groups is very interesting: from 1865 these people have helped promote knowledge of this beautiful instrument throughout the world with their repertoire and concerts.

General visiting hour: 3.15 pm – 6.30 pm
First Sunday of every month: 10.30 am – 12 pm | 3.30 pm – 6 pm
For any information you can contact one of these numbers: 051 6928306 – 051 6928279.
Free entry! – Educational guided tours are available through booking.