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Welcome to the official website of Terre di Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche

Municipalities: Municipalities:Faenza

Address: Viale Baccarini, 19


Telephone: 0546/697311
Fax: 0546/27141
E-mail: info@micfaenza.org

Tourist offices: I.A.T. Faenza

Explaination: The museum was founded in 1908 by Gaetano Ballardini, a renowned collector of ceramics, during the celebrations of the third centenary of the birth of Evangelista Torricelli. Along side the initial structure housing the Room of Nations, the museum subsequently inaugurated the permanent exhibitions of Modern Italian Ceramic Art (in 1926), the room containing ancient Italian majolica and the popular ceramics room (in 1916) and the Far East room (in 1919). Educational rooms were also inaugurated regarding Italian majolica, prehistoric and classic ceramics, ceramics from the East and pre-Columbian ceramics. The Italian contemporary ceramics section is continuously expanded by the works of the “Faenza” competition awards. The museum also contains a specialised library and a photograph exhibition, a study workshop which was inaugurated in 1979, and a restoration workshop, founded in the 80’s.The present itinerary allows the visitors of the museum to admire the pre-Columbian Ceramics, the Classical Antiques hall (especially Greek, Etruscan and Roman) and the ceramics from the Middle-East (especially Islamic) on the ground floor, while on the first floor the Faience majolicas from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries, the Italian Majolica works of the Renaissance period and the ceramics from the 1600’s to the 1800’s, divided into regions. Then there is the “Faenza” awards room that contains the winning works of the International Contemporary Ceramic Art Contest held from 1938 until today. Finally there is the Europa Room where there is a selection of ceramics that represent the major European cities from the 14th to 19th centuries and several works by artists famous around the world such as Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Léger and Rouault. Other rooms are dedicated to ceramic design and temporary exhibitions.

Additional notes:. The main event connected to the museum is the International Awards for Contemporary Ceramic Art which started in 1938 and which took place yearly. In 1963 it became an International event and from 1989 it has been taking place on a twice-yearly basis. The winner receives the “Premio Faenza” award and the winning work is displayed in the hall that houses other works that took part in the same competition, demonstrating the change of styles and of material that have taken place in contemporary ceramics. In 1988 the Biennial Ancient and Modern Ceramics exhibition was born, at which exhibitions on various themes and Market Exhibitions hosting antique dealers and art gallery directors from around the world, are held.


WINTER HOURS: October 1 to March 31
Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 to 13.30
Saturdays, Sundays andpublic holidays from 10.00 to 17.30

SUMMER HOURS: April 1 to September 30
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 10.00 to 19.00
Period open: All year round (closed on January 1st, May 1st, August 15th and December 25th).
Closing days: Mondays


Entrance fee: 8.00 Euro
Reduced Rate: 5.00 Euro (FAI card holders, Coop, ACI, CTS, Federcampeggi, Dopolavoro ferroviario, Italia Nostra, Cral Poste, students aged between 12 and 16, high school and university students, T.C.I. members,  Amico Treno members, military, disabled persons, groups of 15 or more, visitors over 65 years of age)
Students: 3.00 euros
Free admission for residents of Faenza, Amici della Ceramica and MIC, children up to 11 years of age, ISA and ISIA Faenza students and teachers, Faentine ceramists, Faentine students, tour operators, journalists, researchers and the disabled.

Directions: From the motorway exit proceed along Via Granarolo towards Faenza Centro; at the roundabout after the railway fly-over turn right into Viale IV Novembre. Turn left at the traffic lights into Viale Baccarini. The museum is at number 19.


Last updated: 13/11/2013