Welcome to the Museo delle Grigne

The Museo delle Grigne displays collections providing insight into the area’s geological events and into the lives of the peoples that have inhabited these mountains. It offers visitors a pathway illustrating the area’s natural history (underground caves, fossils, minerals and a butterfly and insect collection housed in the adjacent Villa Clotilde), an archaeological section documenting the presence of humans in the area, with special attention to its Celtic and Roman settlements, an area on everyday life and work in Esino up until the beginning of the 20th century and, lastly, testimony of the town’s more recent developments, including the famous Tapestry School and Wikimania, the international gathering of Wikipedians, which took place in Esino Lario in 2016.

The Museum’s history

Groundwork for the museum had already been laid in the 1930s, thanks to the efforts of Esino Lario’s parish priest don Giovanni Battista Rocca, but it was at the end of the 1950s that the then mayor Pietro Pensa, a local history enthusiast, established the museum proper close to the Town Hall with important new collections.

Today the museum, one of over thirty making up the Province of Lecco’s museum system, has new premises and is part of the Ecomuseo delle Grigne. In the former site, located beside the Town Hall in Piazza Pietro Pensa, visitors can see a reconstruction of an old “casel”, the typical shepherds’ huts dotted around the grazing pastures surrounding the village.