Giubba rossa e ritratti di Giuseppe Mazzini, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour e Vittorio Emanuele II

Museo dell’Ottocento

Garibaldi and the Thousand

Dedicated to the 19th century, this museum will warm the hearts and minds of visitors with Garibaldi’s epic story, which culminated in the unification of Italy. Located inside the keep of the Rocca, in the Scuola dei Bombardieri, the Museo del 800 offers visitors a wealth of historical objects, paintings, documents, uniforms, weapons, proclamations, medals, propaganda, and more.
They all tell the economic, social and political story of Bergamo and its surroundings during the ‘long 19th century’.


Includes visit to Rocca + Museo del Cinquecento

Full 5€

Reduced 3€
Amici del Museo delle storie di Bergamo, University students up to 26 years old, Groups of 15 people, discounts

Under 18s, disabled, ICOM members, journalists, licensed guides, Abbonamento Musei Lombardia


Ritratto di Giuseppe Garibaldi in giubba rossa

Portrait of Giuseppe Garibaldi

A legendary hero of the Italian Risorgimento, Giuseppe Garibaldi is a reference point for the people of Bergamo. He personally determined important events in the local Risorgimento movement. Here, as elsewhere, he trained generations of conscious, disciplined and competent fighters. From 1848 to 1860, he led the patriotic aspirations of various political groups towards the goal of an Italian kingdom under Savoy rule. For those reasons, and especially due to the close ties created with the volunteer plebiscite of the Expedition of the Thousand, Garibaldi was and is a legend in Bergamo and beyond.

Ventaglio con dettaglio floreali

Fan with Risorgimento mottos

This silk fan, bearing the patriotic Risorgimento motto Long live Italian independence, was used during performances at the Riccardi Theatre in Bergamo on the eve of the insurrection of 1848. It bears witness to how such patriotic messages became part of everyday life, thanks to red, white and green decorations and Risorgimento mottos. More specifically, the fan reminds us of the important contribution women made to the Risorgimento.

Busti di Gabriele Camozzi e Alba Coralli

Busts of Alba Coralli and Gabriele Camozzi

The marble busts of Alba Coralli and Gabriele Camozzi, created by Augusto Felici and Vincenzo Vela respectively, honour two important figures in the Italian Risorgimento. Camozzi was from Bergamo and Coralli was from Pavia, but they met in Genoa. Their friendship and shared ideals created a strong bond of respect, collaboration and affection, and they eventually became a couple. They wed in 1859 and their relationship continued to be nourished by trust, mutual support and values, particularly their dedication to the Italian cause, which influenced every aspect of their lives, as individuals and as spouses.

Museo dell’Ottocento

Founded in 1917, during WWI, the museum dedicated to the Risorgimento forms the initial core around which the Museo delle Storie was built. In 2014, when the exhibition was redesigned, the museum was named in memory of Mauro Gelfi.

In 1933, the Museo del Risorgimento, inaugurated in 1917 in the University of Science, Humanities and Art, was moved to the keep of the Rocca.

The subsequent change in its display in 1959 didn’t deviate from its founding themes and topic, with the previous patriotic-celebratory line focusing on the local sphere, in which the Resistance nonetheless emerges, interpreted as a further struggle for the independence of the homeland.

In 1997, after being closed for 20 years, it reopened as the ‘Historical Museum of the City of Bergamo’ at the Convent of San Francesco. That provisional exhibition was updated on 7 May 2004, when it was moved to the newly restored Rocca fortress, including a name change that reflected the attention paid to the greater Bergamo area: Museo Storico di Bergamo (Bergamo Historical Museum).

Una delle sale del Museo dell'Ottocento

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The eight sections of the exhibition start with the rebellion of Bergamo against the Republic of Venice, sparked by revolutionary ideas from beyond the Alps, and end with the economy, politics and society of post-unification Italy. In between is the epic tale of the Risorgimento.


The “revolution” of 1797

The winds of the French Revolution and its ideals reach Bergamo

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Political restoration

Following Napoleon’s defeat, Bergamo passed into the hands of the Austrian Empire

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The uprisings of 1848-1849

Bergamo and Italy in the fervent events of the First Italian War of Independence

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The silk economy

Beyond politics: a focus on the main product made in 19th-century Bergamo

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A changing city

Transformations and inventions in the urban fabric of 19th-century Bergamo

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Bergamo in 1859

Bergamo and Italy in the Second Italian War of Independence

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Garibaldi and the Thousand

A focus on the contribution of Bergamasque volunteers to the Expedition of the Thousand

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Bergamo and Italian unity

The important role played by Bergamo in the turbulent post-unification years

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