National Museum of Abruzzo
The National Museum of Abruzzo, which is in the Fortezza spagnola dell’Aquila (the Spanish Fortress of L’Aquila), is a state owned facility run by the Soprintendenza per il Patrimonio Storico Artisitico ed Etnoantropologico dell’Abruzzo, a peripheral institute of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita’ Culturali. It was created with the intention of promoting the knowledge and the valorization of the artisitc patrimony of Abruzzo, developing scientific research besides guaranteeing the conservation and the enjoyment of the educational, cultural and recreational aspects.
Considered one of the most significant museums of the region, it was contextually established to the general intervention of restoration of the "Forte" which is traditionally called "Castello cinquecentesco", attended to by the architect Umberto Chierici between 1949 and 1951. The collection of the Museo Civico and of the Museo Diocesano of L’Aquila come together to form a sole museum patrimony which represents the regional artistry from the XII century to the XVIII century. In 1975 an outstanding collection belonging to the family of the Marquis Francesco Cappelli of Torano was added to this first nucleus. It includes a series of paintings ascribable to the XVII and XVIII centuries. Today the exhibition course is set up into different theme sections located on four levels inside the Castle. The museum also has rooms situated on the lower floor which are used for temporary exhibitions and to carry out didactic activities.