Some of the museums to visit during your stay in Cala Gonone:
- Acquario (Cala Gonone): 25 display tanks that take you from the luxuriant Amazon, to the wonders of the Mediterranean Sea and finally, to the tropical seas. The aquarium is a living environment in continuous evolution.
- Parco-museo “S’Abba Frisca” Traditions, knowledge, flavours, sounds and scents from the culture of Sardinia’s Barbagia region brought together in a magnificent landscape, as a combination of nature and ethnography. The planned route through this open air museum came to life from the development and restoration of an old agricultural property, and it’s a journey along 400 metres of giant-stone pathways, century-old trees and hedgerows of Mediterranean maquis plants. Water is the dominant element: the spring called S’Abba Frisca (Fresh Water), beyond just giving its name to the property, feeds into fountains, cascades, water jets and a small lake. Enclosed in parkland, the old property is now the largest ethnographic museum in Sardinia featuring a cross-section of rural life from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The parkland includes a small farm area with domestic and untamed animals. On scheduled days in summer or by reservation visitors can see Living Museum demonstrations of arts and crafts, with presentations such as baking pane carasau (crisp flat bread), grinding grain, and working filigree jewellery among many more possibilities. S’Abba Frisca open air museum is one of the leading attractions at Cala Gonone and Dorgali. About 5 km from these town areas, it tells the story of Sardinia in a tour that is highly recommended for families.
- Museo faunistico della Foca Monaca (Cala Gonone). The wildlife museum of the Monk Seal can be visited at the Education Center C.E.A and hosts over 300 species of the Sardinian sea wildlife inserted in dioramas – natural habitat reconstructions.
- Museo della vita e delle tradizioni popolari sarde (Nuoro) provides an overview of the traditional life, including work and leisure activities, of the Island, by displaying Sardinia’s typical housing, attires, food, religiosity and popular beliefs. The pleasant setting and the exhibition featuring over 5,000 objects provide visitors with a wonderful cultural experience. http://www.isresardegna.it/musei/
- Museo delle maschere del mediterraneo (Mamoiada). It aims to be a point of contact between the cultural universe of a small Sardinian inland village, Mamoiada – universally recognized for its traditional masks, the Mamuthones and the Issohadores – and Mediterranean regions that are closely historically and culturally related, as the carnival masks reveal. https://www.museodellemaschere.it/