The “Insane Asylum Museum of San Servolo – Madness Locked Away” was inaugurated on 20 May 2006, and houses items from the psychiatric hospital, an institution that marked the history of the island from the early 1700s to 1978. The Museum’s scientific aspects were curated by professors Diego Fontanari and Mario Galzigna, while the exhibition was set up by architect Barbara Accordi.
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The Museum’s purpose, already implicit in its name (Madness Locked Away), is to highlight the marginalising and segregating aspect of the mental hospital through specific exhibits, descriptions and explanatory panels.
The Museum is a place to read, discover and learn about the painful ties that bound the community to this part of its territory.