Miramare Castle reopens June 2 with new lighting, many new features and an exhibition

Miramare Castle reopens June 2. Among the many new features are an updated picture gallery and an exhibition on photography and optical instruments in Maximilian's time.

After the reopening of the Park on May 25, Miramare Castle will reopen its doors to visitors from June 2-a symbolic date since on June 2, 65 years ago, the halls of the Miramare Museum opened to the public for the first time.

For the occasion, on the evening of June 1 the Castle will unveil its new lighting: modern warm lights will highlight even more in the darkness the white silhouette of the Castle, clad in Istrian stone.

Visiting hours have been changed: you will be able to visit the Castle from 2 to 7 p.m.; there will also be only one ticket booth, protected by a Plexiglas barrier. Online reservation is recommended. As in the Historical Park, information panels have then been placed with safety measures, such as the use of masks, hand sanitization, and interpersonal distance.

“It should be stressed that this is a temporary phase,” said Miramare Castle Historical Museum and Park Director Andreina Contessa. “We hope it will have a limited duration in order to return to pre-closure regimes as soon as possible. The return to normalcy is subject to many factors, not the least of which is the reopening of the regional borders and with neighboring nations that could bring back, at least, the so-called proximity tourism on which we are counting for the gradual recovery of flows. In the meantime, we invite all the people of Trieste to visit their Castle or return to it. They will find a renovated Museum, with some nice surprises, the result of great work done in the last period, this yes facilitated by the absence of public. Among all the novelties, an updated picture gallery in keeping with the original layout of Maximilian and Charlotte’s residence will welcome guests in the atrium and, above all, an exhibition set up in the former Project Room that has radically changed its face to accommodate temporary exhibitions.”

The Science of Vision. Photography and Optical Instruments in the Age of Maximilian of Habsburg, this is the title of the exhibition set up in the former Project Hall of the Miramare Museum. The protagonist is the megaletoscope, a viewer designed to observe photographic prints with different light effects invented by optician Carlo Ponti in 1860.

For a few days, the Duke of Aosta’s apartments will be closed for painting and refitting work.

Also reopening on June 2 will be the precious collections of the national museums of Aquileia (National Archaeological Museum and Early Christian Museum) and Cividale, archaeological realities of reference for the region, representative of historical events fundamental to Italian history. “A concrete signal toward the establishment of a new synergy in the regional museum system,” concludes Andreina Contessa as Regional Director of the Regional Museums Directorate.

Ph.Credit Marco Milani

Miramare Castle reopens June 2 with new lighting, many new features and an exhibition
Miramare Castle reopens June 2 with new lighting, many new features and an exhibition

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