The origins of the Museo Donizettiano date back to 1897 when, for the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the large exhibition dedicated to him gave rise to the idea of creating a permanent exhibition about him in the city.
Behind the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, in the quiet Via Arena is the Domus Magna building, seat of the Misericordia Maggiore Congregation: here, on the first floor, is the Museo Donizettiano. The exhibition sheds light on the life, work and personality of Donizetti, a leading figure in early 19th-century European musical theatre.
Autograph scores, portraits, letters and objects from his private life shape a fascinating journey: the great composer’s words and music are your guide. In 2015, after a brief period of closure for restoration, the museum reopened to the public, with a new display that includes sound and interactive stations to listen to Donizetti’s work.